Player News - Everton

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Everton midfielder James McCarthy has shaken off an injury-plagued season to be fit for the European championships this summer in France.

The Everton standout missed eight Premier League games this season due to multiple injuries and picked up a thigh injury over the final weeks of the season. The injury has kept McCarthy out of training with the Irish team as they prepare for friendlies against the Netherlands and Belarus, but Republic of Ireland head coach Martin O'Neill confirmed that he will be fit for the tournament in less than three weeks' time: "The doctor tells me James is making good progress," said O'Neill. "He's got a little bit of time. James has been an important part of the team over the last two years. It's one of those things you just want to be right rather than rushing back."
May 26 - 12:54 AM

James McCarthy is expected to miss Fridays’ friendly international against the Netherlands after failing to shake off the thigh injury he suffered on the final day of the season.

The 25-year-old midfielder was forced off during the second half of the 3-0 win over Norwich City and hasn't recovered sufficiently for his countries first European Championship warm-up match. There is no suggestion at this stage that McCarthy will not be ready for the tournament opener versus Sweden on June 13, although he will continue to receive treatment. Elsewhere, Shane Long is expected to face the Oranje despite limping out of yesterdays’ open training session after taking a whack to the knee. The Southampton forward has been in excellent form and will play a key role in Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland team.
Source: Setanta.com
May 25 - 7:23 AM

The speculation is that Romelu Lukaku has unfinished business at Chelsea and will push for a move from Goodison Park to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Mysterious "sources close to the player" have indicated to ESPN FC that Lukaku favors a move to Chelsea despite interest from a number of clubs that will be playing in the Champions League and Europa League next season. Manchester United have been linked in the Premier League as well as other high-profile clubs around Europe. The arrival of Lukaku would present an interesting situation for Antonio Conte as Lukaku's fee would surely mean he'd be hard to keep on the bench in favor of the current number one. Hard to see Costa as a happy camper playing anything other than a full-time starter's role.
Source: espnfc.com
May 24 - 3:19 PM

Everton defender John Stones has been linked to Old Trafford with the England international joining as part of the much anticipated Mourinho revolution.

John Stones has been rumored to be heading to a big club for a season and a half if not longer. When Jose Mourinho was at Chelsea, the Blues appeared to be close to making that a reality during last summer's window. It didn't happen which means that Mourinho might get another crack at recruiting the center back at Manchester United. United certainly need an upgrade over Daley Blind at the center of defense so whether it is Stones or someone else, this doesn't seem to be an unreasonable rumor.
Source: espnfc.com
May 23 - 12:44 PM

Romelu Lukaku's father has taken to the media to indicate that the Belgium international will soon be on the move from Everton.

It is hardly news that Lukaku will leave Everton for a huge pile of cash this summer but the timing indicated by Lukaku's father is a new wrinkle in the budding transfer saga. With clubs all over Europe, including his former club Chelsea and Champions League semi-finalists Bayern Munich, interested, Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola is apparently set to have a deal done before Belgium begin play in Euro2016 on June 13th.
Source: espnfc.com
May 18 - 9:48 AM

On Monday, England national team manager Roy Hodgson released the 27-man provisional squad for the European championships this summer following the conclusion of the Premier League season.

Hodgson named two Everton players in his plans for the team's upcoming friendlies as defender John Stones and midfielder Ross Barkley will feature in the squad. However, Hodgson and his staff will have to cut four players to get down to the requisite 23-man team for the summer's tournament so the team is not completely set, although both young players are considered instrumental to the team. But there was no room for defender Phil Jagielka as Hodgson opted to go with only seven defenders while Leighton Baines also missed out on a spot.
Source: BBC Sport
May 16 - 12:31 PM

Everton made sure that Tim Howard went out with a smile on his face as the club secured a clean sheet in a 3-0 win against Norwich City.

In the club's first game without Roberto Martinez at the helm, the manager was fired following Wednesday's dismal showing against Sunderland, the Toffees were firing on all cylinders in what was their highest scoring output since March 1 against Aston Villa. James McCarthy opened the scoring in the 19th minute with his second goal of the season and Leighton Baines converted a penalty kick to give Everton a 2-0 half-time lead. Kevin Mirallas then added a third just after the half for the final goal of the afternoon. But Sunday at Goodison Park belonged to Howard as the keeper will now head to Colorado Rapids after almost a decade on Merseyside.
Source: NBC Sports
May 15 - 12:12 PM

Everton confirmed that defenders Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman are in contention for this weekend's season finale.

The Toffees will host Norwich City this weekend without Roberto Martinez leading the way after the manager was sacked following Wednesday's loss to Sunderland. But they could receive a massive boost in the return of two starting defenders as Coleman and Jagielka have missed much of the last month with hamstring injuries and are hopeful to be ready for the European championships with official rosters set to be released in the next week. If both defenders are cleared to start, that could push Matthew Pennington and Ramiro Funes Mori back to the bench.
May 13 - 1:13 PM

Roberto Martinez has been sacked from his position as manager of Everton Football Club.

The news today comes as no surprise as there has been widespread discontent among supporters for much of the season and certainly all of the second half of the season. An extended run to the FA Cup semi-finals looked like it might save the Spaniard's job if it had ended in a trophy but it wasn't to be. Ronald De Boer is the early favorite to replace Martinez at Goodison Park next season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 11:48 AM

Everton hardly showed up in a 3-0 loss at the Stadium of Light in a match that meant so much Sunderland's race for survival.

The win ensured Sunderland's survival at the expense of Newcastle and Norwich City, who will be relegated at the end of the season. While the focus was mostly on the Black Cats, Everton has only continued to languish during the stretch run. The Toffees have only won one of their last 10 Premier League matches, being outscored 11-3 in the last four league matches. Romelu Lukaku came closest against Sunderland on Wednesday, hitting the crossbar with a wide open chance in stoppage time to lengthen his scoring drought to eight Premier League matches.
Source: NBC Sports
May 11 - 5:39 PM

Everton will hope to see some of its key contributors back in time for the final two matches this season with Sunderland up on Wednesday.

The club has been plagued by injuries in recent weeks with Gerard Deulofeu, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, Tyias Browning and Tony Hibbert all expected to miss Wednesday's match. However, Ramiro Funes Mori is set to return to the starting lineup after serving a three-match ban for his tackle on Divock Origi. But Martinez also said the Toffees will hope to have Gareth Barry back from a groin injury that has seem him miss the last few weeks: "Clearly, Ramiro Funes Mori has finished his suspension so he will be available for the squad. Gareth Barry has got a good opportunity, a good option, for the trip."
May 11 - 1:01 PM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has another defensive dilemma on his hands with three right-backs injured prior to Wednesday's match.

Seamus Coleman has missed the last three weeks with a hamstring injury while Tyias Browning also suffered an injury in training that has kept him out of action. But now Tony Hibbert has suffered an ankle injury just after coming back from a season-long knee injury. Bryan Oviedo and Muhamed Besic has filled in at right back in recent weeks while Matthew Pennington has been forced into the back-line without Phil Jagielka and Brendan Galloway. But the news gets better this week with Ramiro Funes Mori back into the fold following his three-match ban.
May 11 - 12:58 PM

Everton is still waiting on the fitness of key starters Seamus Coleman and Gareth Barry ahead of the club's double gameweek.

Barry has missed the last two matches due to a knock while Coleman has been less fortunate in his recovery, missing much of the last three weeks with a hamstring injury. While Roberto Martinez said they might not be available to face Leicester City on Saturday, the manager is confident the duo will return at some point in the remaining three matches: "Gareth and Seamus have got an outside chance of being involved at the weekend but I feel quite confident they will be involved one way or another before the season ends."
May 6 - 3:28 PM

Gerard Deulofeu has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering a knee injury in training on Friday.

Roberto Martinez confirmed Deulofeu had damaged knee ligaments last week during the build-up to the Bournemouth game: "He is out for the season. On Friday he got a knock on his knee. He doesn’t need an operation, it’s a medial ligament grade one tear." Deulofeu has struggled to hold down a starting place since the turn of year having finished 2015 strongly. The Spanish winger enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Romelu Lukaku and directly contributed to nine goals between September and December. But his form faltered in 2016 -- just one assist – from five Premier League starts as the emergence of Aaron Lennon pushed the 22-year-old down the pecking order.
May 2 - 9:46 AM

Everton ended its horrendous seven-match winless streak in league play with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

Roberto Martinez has been under extreme scrutiny during the winless run, which dates back to a 3-1 win against Aston Villa on March 1, but the win is unlikely to do much to change his future at the club. It was Tom Cleverley who starred for the Toffees, scoring the first goal in just the seventh minute after taking a pass from Ross Barkley at the edge of the penalty box. But Everton conceded an equalizer just two minutes later to Bournemouth's Marc Pugh, who beat Tim Howard in his penultimate game at Goodison Park. But Cleverley responded just after the hour mark by setting up Leighton Baines for what ended up being the match-winner to secure the three points and move into 11th.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:33 PM


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