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 By PA Sport

Everton's James McCarthy says operation 'went well' after broken leg

Everton midfielder James McCarthy has said surgery on his broken leg has been successful.

Republic of Ireland international McCarthy suffered compound fractures to his tibia and fibia in a challenge on Salomon Rondon during Saturday's game against West Brom at Goodison Park.

Rondon was left in tears after seeing the extent of the injury, which was completely accidental, and later said he was "absolutely devastated.''

McCarthy, 27, will miss the rest of the season but has posted a social media update of himself in good spirits in hospital.

He wrote on Instagram: "Just a quick message to say that my operation went well, thanks to all the staff involved! And a big thanks to all my family, friends and Olivia. Also cheers for all the messages, I appreciate it.''

The message was accompanied by a picture of McCarthy smiling in bed. West Brom responded with a tweet saying: "Great news.''

Everton's James McCarthy stretchered off after breaking leg in challenge with West Brom's Salomon Rondon
James McCarthy was taken off at the weekend.

McCarthy's Everton and Republic of Ireland teammate Seamus Coleman, who is close to returning to action after breaking his leg last March, has also offered words of encouragement.

Coleman told the club's website: "It was obviously heartbreaking for me to see. That's nothing to do with my own injury -- it's because he is a very close friend. He is someone I really admire and it wasn't nice to see.

"James will be back from it. Now I want to go out there every week and do as well as I possibly can to show James that he will be back and he will be fine.''

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