Ronald Koeman provides fitness update on Everton midfielder James McCarthy

Everton manager Ronald Koeman at a press conference at Goodison Park on July 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

James McCarthy has not made an appearance for Everton so far this season.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Ronald Koeman has stated that James McCarthy should come back into Everton’s first-team within a week at his latest press conference, which was broadcast on Everton’s official Periscope channel.

McCarthy has not played at all for Everton this season, after suffering with injury.

The Republic of Ireland international was controversially selected for his nation over the past two weeks, but he did not play in either of Martin O’Neill’s side’s matches.

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.

And Koeman is glad that McCarthy has returned to Everton in good shape, with his comeback now edging closer.

"He will do more training sessions, get game time in the under-23’s on Tuesday and then I think he’s ready for the first-team," the Dutch boss said. 

Koeman and O’Neill have a strained relationship, as the Ireland boss has often used McCarthy when the midfielder has not been fully fit.

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...

The Irish managed to do without McCarthy last week though, and they still beat Wales to move a step closer to booking their place at next year’s World Cup.

Everton’s next match comes against Burnley, which McCarthy will miss, but the combative midfielder could be included in two weekends’ time, when the Toffees take on Arsenal.

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