The Irish international, James McCarthy is set to miss one year of football after suffering a suspected broken leg against West Brom.
The 27-year-old who has been dogged by injuries in recent seasons was on the receiving end of a challenge from Solomon Rondon during their Premier League encounter on Saturday which ended in 1-1 draw.
The incident occurred during the second half at Goodison Park when the pair battled for the ball, McCarthy was trying to shield the ball with his right leg, before Rondon accidentally made contact with it while winding up to kick the ball.
McCarthy was immediately in a heap on the floor as both Rondon and Everton goalkeeper signaled for treatment, Medics rushed onto the field to treat McCarthy, with Rondon in tears having seen how horrible the injury looks and Seamus Coleman, who just recovered from his own double leg fracture, was seen leaving his seat in the directors’ box, apparently to be with his Republic of Ireland team-mate.
Both sets of fans stood to clap McCarthy off as he was given oxygen to help him deal with the excruciating pain.
The Merseyside club has confirmed that McCarthy suffered a double leg fracture.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce has described James McCarthy’s double leg break as an “awful injury”.