Player News - Everton

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Everton will have to wait a few more days before the full extent of Kevin Mirallas’ ankle injury is known after scans on Tuesday proved inconclusive.

The Belgium winger is said to be fairly confident of facing Southampton this weekend but doctors fear there maybe ligament damage which would keep the player out for around 2/3 weeks. Mirallas has been in sparkling form since his return following almost two months out because of a hamstring injury and this latest setback could prove to be a massive blow with a busy set of fixtures coming up. However Roberto Martinez can at least count on a number of returning midfielders as his recent run of injury problems seems to be coming to an end – Steven Naismith marked his comeback on Monday with a goal against QPR while Darron Gibson and James McCarthy are very close to full fitness.
Dec 16 - 6:54 PM

Ross Barkley finally scored his first goal of the Premier League season when a screaming drive from outside the box took a deflection and went in.

It was a tremendous shot that was helped by a deflection and it set Everton cruising as Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith followed with goals of their own before Bobby Zamora pulled one back for the Rs. The bounces were kind to Everton on the day as both Barkley's drive and Mirallas' free kick to significant deflections to ensure they found the target. Regardless, Everton were the better team and the outcome never seemed in question after Barkley scored.
Dec 15 - 4:55 PM

Christian Atsu joins the list of players in doubt for Roberto Martinez as Everton prepare to host Queens Park Rangers on Monday night.

Atsu came up limping in the Toffee's Europa clash with FC Krasnodar yesterday evening and is in danger of missing out Monday, though even if fit the odds would be he would only make an appearance as a substitute and not offer much fantasy appeal despite the attractive matchup.
Dec 12 - 11:58 AM

Romelu Lukaku continued his strong form for Everton but his goal wasn't enough to get Everton a home win against struggling Hull City.

These are the sorts of matches where Everton need to be more ruthless if they are to hang with the big boys. They were at home against a weak opponent and they scored first. Romelu Lukaku scored the goal from a Kevin Mirallas assist. Rather than going on and adding more goals, the Toffees failed to score again, failed to keep a clean sheet and Sone Aluko's 59th minute goal created the final 1-1 scoreline. The Aluko goal came on Hull City's only shot on target.
Dec 3 - 4:45 PM

Everton's Ross Barkley can put up a big fantasy score against Hull City in Week 14.

Back to full fitness and full strength after an extended spell on the side-lines, Barkley is still the key man for Everton as he dictates the pace of the play from midfield. Like Lukaku the twenty-year-old found it tough going against Spurs but still showed glimpses of class with some powerful running, clever passing and he should find himself with a bit more time and space against Hull to work some efforts on goal for himself.
Dec 2 - 4:54 AM

Romelu Lukaku will be the danger-man for Everton as they host Hull City in Week 14.

Lukaku couldn't get in to the game against Tottenham in Week Thirteen but the big Belgian striker generally performs better at Goodison Park and has been in good goal-scoring form recently after a slow start to the season. Add to the mix the fact that Everton probably have the pick of the Week 14 fixtures at home to struggling Hull City and Lukaku becomes a very attractive fantasy option for your forward-line.
Dec 2 - 4:52 AM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton left back Leighton Baines is "in contention" for Sunday's match with Spurs, along with several other players carrying doubts.

While the news is promising on Baines as compared to earlier in the week, Martinez is by no means making it easier on fantasy managers with that statement. He has had a reputation of deeming a player available and said player not so much as making the squad, with Ross Barkley being a prime example over the past few seasons. The other players on the list of being "in contention" include Gareth Barry, Steven Pienaar, and Steven Naismith. None of these players can be recommended for fantasy this week as a result, but if you have been holding onto Baines, you will just need a viable backup option and cross your fingers.

Ross Barkley is over a month into his return back from injury that caused him to miss the season's opening seven matches and is still looking for his first goal of the campaign.

One would think it is only a matter of time before Barkley begins to impress with more fantasy production and Everton need it from him now more than ever as they have a rash of injuries throughout the squad. His poor output in the Yahoo game has seen his price dip below the 7m mark, so while his lack of form may keep him from our Week 13 thinking, as soon as he awakens, there is a chance you can grab him on the cheap. He has shown us he can be worth holding onto when he gets going.
Nov 26 - 8:37 PM

Roberto Martinez will be happy his Everton side were able to come away with all three points this weekend as his injury-ravaged squad were just able to edge out West Ham at Goodison Park.

The Toffees went into game week 12 with up to eleven players at risk or ruled out through injury while Aidan McGeady was another late omission following a bout of sickness. Leighton Baines, Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson all failed late fitness tests but Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy were able to start the game. However the biggest surprise was the inclusion of Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas - having missed the previous two months – who managed to complete 66 minutes before his replacement Samuel Eto’o scored the winning goal. But as the game was drawing to a close, Steven Naismith overstretched for a ball causing a muscular tear – his withdrawal will almost certainly mean a spell on the sidelines although the initial assessment revealed the problem won’t "keep him out for too long."
Nov 23 - 3:17 PM

Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman both scored to give Everton a 2-1 win over West Ham United.

This was one of the better matches of the day as it featured action on both sides of the pitch. Everton were the better team and deserved to win three points. Lukaku opened up the scoring early before Mauro Zarate's shot deflected into the goal for an equalizer. In the second half, the referee played advantage on a foul when he saw Samuel Eto'o making a run forward, and Eto'o brilliantly picked out Osman for an easy tap in. Everton are finding their form and are climbing the table, where they are now in eighth place.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 22 - 12:27 PM

Steven Pienaar joins an ever-growing list of Everton players heading into tomorrow's match against West Ham United, making things difficult for fantasy managers in possession of one or more Toffees.

Check our injury page to get a full run down on the rash of injuries that have hit Goodison Park, but based on reports Friday, Gareth Barry appears to be the only regular that is has been all but ruled out and the rest of the doubts are only minor, including Pienaar's knee. Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are among the few without an injury issue heading into tomorrow, and represent your best investment options from the Toffees.
Nov 21 - 1:58 PM

Ross Barkley looks poised to break out soon and presents a potentially lucrative budget option for the Toffees

Beginning the season on the shelf and having been benched once in the four matches since he has returned resulted in a stock drop for Barkley, but when fit, he is a nailed on weapon for Martinez and now that he has had over a month of action under his belt following injury, he should be at full fitness. He may not be in form at the moment, but those who like to invest in players that look set to pop rather than chase the points of those who already have should consider Barkley, priced at just 7.21m in the Yahoo game.
Nov 17 - 1:24 PM

Leighton Baines was removed from England's squad with an unspecified injury according to Everton's official website, and will miss the Euro qualifiers against Slovenia and Scotland.

The only information given in the report was that Baines had "a problem in training". Naturally, we cannot speculate much without at least knowing the type of injury involved, but one would hope the lack of detail at this time is due to it being of the minor variety. Still, he is a fantasy giant and we will be monitoring the situation so expect an update soon.
Nov 14 - 1:41 PM

Everton left Wearside on Sunday with a satisfactory share of the spoils after Leighton Baines converted a penalty to equalise with less than 15 minutes remaining – a pleasing result for Martinez who less than 72 hours prior had seen his side comfortably despatch Lille [3-0] in the Europa League.

With Seamus Coleman [Achilles] missing out on Thursday and Gareth Barry picking up a shin & ankle injury both faced & passed a late fitness test. However there were worrying scenes at the Stadium of Light within the first ten minutes after Barry was stretchered from the field of play in a leg brace following a coming together with Jordi Gomez which saw the Sunderland player unintentionally stand on the defensive midfielders' ankle. Although the full extent of the injury is not known an X-ray did at least confirm there was no break.
Nov 9 - 5:01 PM

Everton midfielder James McCarthy will be assessed over the next 24 hours after suffering a muscular injury late into the game at the Stadium of Light making his involvement in the upcoming Euro qualifying game against Scotland a doubt.

This is second time within the last six weeks McCarthy has suffered a hamstring injury and Martinez will be concerned that he doesn’t lose his midfielder for any significant amount of time with a hectic fixture schedule coming up. Niggling problems are beginning to mount for Everton – Coleman / Lukaku / Pienaar – while the Toffees still have John Stones [ankle] out long-term. However there was better news with Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo & Kevin Mirallas all expected to return within the next three weeks - Antolin Alcaraz is hoping to be back for the Festive period after Martinez confirmed the defender does not require shoulder surgery.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 9 - 3:58 PM

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