Ronald Koeman: I'm not interested in Roy Keane's comments about James McCarthy

Ronald Koeman: I'm not interested in Roy Keane's comments about James McCarthy

Despite his numerous fitness concerns, Everton boss Koeman values the services McCarthy can provide when healthy and is glad to see him return to training, but the Dutchman believes the former Wigan Athletic star needs to play for the Under-23s before he can be considered available for the first team.

Everton have leaked 12 goals in their seven games to date but Koeman feels that statistic gives a false impression of his team's defensive capabilities because they have already played both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Tottenham.

"We still have talent but our players are too quick to go overseas".

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane offered up predictably inflammatory comments during the worldwide break that were not welcomed by Everton, as he suggested once again that McCarthy's conditioning was not being helped by the Goodison Park medical staff.

The Everton manager also confirmed he is planning to step up McCarthy's comeback trail in the under-23 side for next week's Premier League International Cup tie with Wolfsburg.

Koeman said: "I don't know what Keane said about the situation".

Koeman, meanwhile, ruled himself out of contention to become the next Holland boss after their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has claimed that the club's Europa League schedule has contributed to the Toffees' poor run of results.

"No", he said. "I am not surprised they put my name in because they did the same some years ago". We had a great time, with big players and we dropped quality.

"It's not realistic now because we have other business to do with Everton".

"He's now back, the first time they did a good thing and not to use the player in the state of fitness". Yes we have some really talented players but the whole competition in Holland, the young players go too fast overseas.

"We like to bring him back".

Tomer Hemed serves the second game of his three match ban for violent conduct, with Steve Sidwell now the only long term absentee after undergoing minor back surgery last month.

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