There were sad scenes at Goodison Park in January as Everton midfielder McCarthy was stretched off during their Premier League match with West Brom.
He suffered the devastating injury as he nicked the ball off Rondon — lining out for West Brom at the time — when he was about to shoot, but accidentally caught McCarthy with the follow through.
Rondon’s reaction was heartbreaking, as he was reduced to tears and in an extremely upset state while his team-mates consoled him. While 27-year-old McCarthy has returned to action in the last few weeks, Rondon is on loan at Newcastle but has also found it hard himself to move on from the events of 20 January 2018.
The Venezuela striker broke down in tears in a TV interview with Telemundo this week when it came up in conversation.
“Life played me a bad turn because I was the one who experienced it,” Rondon said — as translated by the Mirror — as he broke down in tears on Telemundo Deportes. “I’m crying because apart from the fact that he’s a fellow professional, it was an injury that I actually felt when it happened… I’ll never forget it… it was tough.
“Thanks to God, I didn’t need the help of a psychologist because my family were there for me, but it’s something that I never wanted to experience. “In all of my naivety, I apologised to him, but it was totally unintentional. I didn’t want it to happen and didn’t think it would ever happen.”
James McCarthy could make his return for Everton over the Christmas and New Year period.
McCarthy fractured his tibia and fibula making a goal-saving tackle on West Brom striker Salomon Rondon during the 1-1 Premier League draw between the sides at Goodison Park on 20 January.
Despite being included in the squad for the visit of Newcastle earlier this month, the midfielder did not make the bench but manager Marco Silva has confirmed that he could make his competitive comeback over the festive period.
“James is progressing. He was in the squad list against Newcastle and deserved that. I think he is a fantastic professional," Silva told evertontv.
“He is getting better. I know games will give him a better condition, but we are playing tough, tough matches and it is not easy to give him what everybody knows will help him get better, which is minutes in those games.
“But he is a worker and I really like him. He works really hard every day to achieve the best physical condition. He enjoys what he is doing.
"His teammates like him for the fantastic professional and very good player he is.”