The Blue Toon have confirmed that the midfielder will miss the primary six weeks of the season with an harm to his ankle.
McCarthy, 23, got here off injured within the dying minutes of the pre-season pleasant defeat to Dundee, having been on the receiving finish of a problem from former teammate Josh Mulligan.
Peterhead boss Jim McInally is relieved that Andrew McCarthy will solely be out for six weeks after preliminary issues that he can be out for for much longer.
Peterhead boss McInally mentioned: “The information that Andrew will probably be out for six weeks is a bit bittersweet.
“We are not looking for him out for any time, however at one stage on the weekend we thought he was dealing with a lengthier lay-off.
“There was no maliciousness within the problem, and Andrew and Josh received on nicely when Josh was right here, nonetheless, it appears like we now have paid the worth for Josh seeking to impress his new supervisor with a extremely strong problem within the final minute of a recreation.
“Andrew was an enormous participant for us final season, and I used to be delighted when he re-signed and I’m trying ahead to having him obtainable once more quickly.
“He got here again to pre-season in terrific form and hopefully that can pace issues up.
“His harm leaves an already small squad one down, however we are going to do what we now have all the time carried out and focus on what we now have as opposed to what’s lacking.”