McCarthy explains Arca absence
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy has explained Julio Arca's absence.Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy insists that Julio Arca's absence against West Ham was to avoid the risk of exacerbating the Argentine's injury.
McCarthy left Arca out of the 1-1 draw with The Irons, with the manager desperate not to turn a bruised toe into a more serious problem.
"Julio got a bang on his toe in the Wigan game which gradually got worse," said McCarthy.
"It wasn't bothering him too much but he went to get it scanned at the beginning of last week because it was sore.
"And the upshot of that was that he had to put it in plaster to protect it.
"Had he played against West Ham United at the weekend, he might have stressed it to the point of breaking it or putting a crack in it.
"I know that Kevin Phillips did that in one of his earlier seasons at the club and was out for several months as a result.
"Armed with that knowledge, I wasn't going to risk the same sort of thing happening to Julio. So him playing on Saturday was always going to be a non-starter."
Meanwhile, the club have played down fears that Kevin Kyle will be out for the rest of the season.