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How long could Everton's James McCarthy potentially be out for after double leg fracture confirmed? Numerous players have suffered similar injuries in the past; Numerous players have suffered similar injuries in the past.

Byline: Adam Jones

Everton are set to be without James McCarthy for an extended period of time after the midfielder was confirmed to have suffered a double leg fracture against West Brom on Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland international was involved in a collision whilst attempting to block a Salomon Rondon shot in the second half at Goodison Park.

It was confirmed after the match bySam Allardycethat the 27-year-old had suffered a double fracture of his right leg, breaking both his tibia and his fibula.

That will mean the Blues will be without the midfielder for an extended period of time - and we've had a look back at some similar injuries over the past few years to give some idea of how longMcCarthycould be out for.

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One that all Everton fans will be familiar with.

Back on 24th March 2017Seamus Colemanwas on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, lining up against Wales in a World Cup qualifier.

However, the right-back's evening was cut short after a dreadful challenge from Neil Taylor with the Blues star suffering a broken tibia and fibula, receiving oxygen as he was carried off the pitch.

Almost 10 months later, the 29-year-old still hasn't returned to action for the Blues - but he is starting to take part in training sessions at USM Finch Farm on his road to recovery.

Djibril Cisse was unfortunate enough to suffer double leg-breaks on both of his legs throughout his career.

The first came for Liverpool in a match against Blackburn Rovers as the striker came off worse in a challenge with Jay McEveley in October 2004, breaking the tibia and fibula in his left leg.

That ruled the French international out for the majority of the 2004/05 season, although he did return for the Reds in under six months - making an appearance against Juventus on 13 April 2005.

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The second injury came for the France national side against China on 7 June 2006, this time breaking both the tibia and fibula in his right leg.

However, his recovery was quick, making his return to training on 20 October 2006 and scoring his first goal for the French side in the following December.

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey was subject to an awful injury in February 2010 in a match against Stoke City.

A poor tackle from Ryan Shawcross resulted in the then-youngster suffering a double-fracture to his leg - breaking both his tibia and fibula and undergoing surgery to fix the issue.

No return date was initially given, and the Welsh international didn't return to Arsenal training until October 2010 - missing eight months of action.

Everton's James McCarthy facing long spell on sidelines after suffering double leg break

It wasn't until 23 November 2010 that Ramsey made his return to football for the Gunners reserves against Wolves, before making his first-team return on 29 November at the start of a loan spell with Nottingham Forest.

One of the most recent injuries similar to James McCarthy's involving a Premier league player is Luke Shaw.

The Manchester United man suffered a double-leg fracture in a Champions League group stage match away to PSV on 15 September 2015 in a challenge with Hector Moreno.

The left-back was initially expected to be out for six months, but didn't return to Manchester United training until 4 April 2016.

Shaw made his competitive return for Manchester United on 7 August 2016, nearly 11 months since suffering the horror injury.

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