Koeman 'not interested' in Keane's Everton jibes

Everton boss Ronald Koeman reveals James McCarthy is in full training but will miss Brighton clash

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"That's good for him, that's good for us and let's hope he will be totally fit and available for next weekend".

The North-West outfit had to contend with two qualifying rounds in order to reach the main draw, and Koeman has suggested that their earlier start to the season prevented the players from doing work out on the training pitch. We did not have a normal pre-season because we had to play really fast, really competitive to qualify for Europe.

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane offered up predictably inflammatory comments during the global 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.

Speaking ahead of Everton's Premier League tie with Brighton this weekend, Koeman dismissed the links, while also giving his opinions on what he feels the current problems are surrounding the Dutch national team.

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

He said: " I'm not surprised that they put my name in because they did the same some years ago. But I am Everton manager.

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Although the recruitment was financed by the £75m sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, it did generate an expectation that Everton would be challenging at the other end of the table.

"The player had a long time several problems physically and we tried to solve that problem".

Koeman reported some of his players had returned from global duty with knocks but there are not expected to be any new absentees from the squad. While there are still a lot of games left to play, they are giving themselves a good platform to build on, and they will fancy their chances against an out-of-sorts Everton side. "But we will come back because the Netherlands have always produced good footballers".

"You need a little bit of luck; you need to score the first goal in a game and we need to change that".

One player in particular who needed the break, was Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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