Ronald Koeman updates on Everton's James McCarthy's fitness

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on September 20, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton are set to take on Bournemouth tomorrow, as Ronald Koeman's side look to get back to winning ways.

James McCarthy of Everton (R) scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on February 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed at his latest press conference, which was broadcast on Everton’s official Youtube channel, that James McCarthy is struggling for fitness.

McCarthy is yet to feature for Everton at all this season, with the midfielder not yet fit enough to play.

And Koeman admits that McCarthy will not be available for Everton’s next match, which comes against Bournemouth tomorrow.

James McCarthy (L) of Everton celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Aaron Lennon (C) during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Everton at Vicarage...

“He’s struggling with his fitness,” the Dutch manager said. “I expect James back in training next week.”

McCarthy struggled with injury last term too, when he was left on the treatment table for large chunks of the campaign.

It seemed that the Republic of Ireland international may have moved on in the summer, but he has stayed to fight for his place at Goodison Park.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on September 20, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Whether McCarthy will feature much, even when he is fully fit, remains to be seen - as Everton have a wealth of midfield options.

The Toffees are under pressure to beat Bournemouth on Saturday, after making a slow start to the campaign.

Everton are currently in 18th place in the Premier League table - having won just once in their first five fixtures.

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