Substitute Oumar Niasse earned Everton a share of the points at home to West Brom on Saturday, with the attacker cancelling out Jay Rodriguez’s opener just 56 seconds after coming off the bench.
However, the result was overshadowed by an horrific injury suffered by James McCarthy, with the Everton midfielder’s leg broken in two places following a challenge by Salomon Rondon.
The Irish midfielder has struggled with injuries with the Toffees and this latest one, a fracture of both the tibia and fibia, has cut his season short.
The incident occurred with McCarthy chasing back to tackle Rondon as he was about to shoot, with the West Brom striker kicking the Everton man’s leg in the process.
The seriousness of the injury, which saw McCarthy given oxygen before been stretched off and taken to hospital, left Rondon in tears, with manager Alan Pardew consoling the striker.
McCarthy’s club and country team-mate, Seamus Coleman, watched on from the stands, with the full-back himself still recovering from a dreadful leg break.
Let’s hope McCarthy makes a full recovery and gets back to full fitness before too long.