Everton manager Marco Silva has issued an update on James McCarthy's condition, revealing that the Irishman is expected to be back training with the first team squad later this month.
McCarthy suffered a horrific leg break whilst challenging for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Solomon Rondon in January, leaving the Venezuelan striker visibly shaken after the incident.
Silva was asked about his recovery by The Liverpool Echo, and responded: “He is progressing well.
"We expect in the next weeks to start, slow-by-slow and step-by-step, working with the team.”
McCarthy posted a video on Instagram which showed him undertaking some light training as he continues his recovery from the terrible injury.
The post was greeted with many comments from fans who were eager to see McCarthy return for both club and country, and it appears as though McCarthy's return to competitive football is edging ever closer.
The 27-year-old has made 132 appearances for Everton since joining the club from Wigan Athletic in 2013. He was sidelined by various injuries last season, making his first Premier League appearance of the season towards the end of December.
He featured in the following three matches, but unfortunately suffered the terrible injury in what proved to be his fourth and final appearance of the season.
Before his injury, he was a key part of the Republic of Ireland squad. He has 41 caps to date and was part of the squad who made it to the round of 16 at Euro 2016, beating Italy in their final group stage match before falling to France in the knockout stages.