McFadden fears his season is over

January 25, 2007

Everton and Scotland striker James McFadden fears he could be ruled out for the rest of the season with his broken foot.

The 23-year-old former Motherwell frontman expects to miss Scotland's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Georgia and Italy in March.

Scotland face Georgia at Hampden Park on March 24, before travelling to take on Italy four days later in Bari.

McFadden left Everton's Bellefield training ground on crutches yesterday after sustaining the injury to his fifth metatarsal during a game of head tennis in training.

He told The Sun: 'It's highly unlikely I'll be available for the Italy match. I've been told I'm out for a minimum of six weeks, but to expect anything up to 12.'

Everton are waiting for a full diagnosis before giving a more precise prediction of how long McFadden faces on the sidelines.

However the Glaswegian expects to learn today whether he must go in for surgery.

'If I do, that could be me (out) for the rest of the season,'' said McFadden.

'With a new manager coming in for Scotland you want to play a part, but sadly that won't happen to me.'