Player News - Everton

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Yannick Bolasie could miss the Africa Cup of Nations next month after he suffered what appeared to be a serious looking knee injury against Manchester United.

The former Crystal Palace winger overstretched for a ball midway through the second half, and following lengthy treatment on the touchline, Bolasie lasted another four minutes before dropping to the Goodison turf once again. Following an impressive start to his Everton career, Bolasie has struggled in recent games, a dip in form which has coincided with the Toffees’ downturn. Today’s 1-1 draw ensures Ronald Koeman’s men have just one win from their last 9 Premier League encounters, although they did take a point from the Etihad. The absence of Bolasie, could open the door for West Ham loanee Enner Valencia who has been restricted to nothing more than a bit part role since his arrival in July.
Source: Daily Mail
Dec 4 - 5:04 PM

Everton's poor run of away form only continued after coming away with nothing following a 1-0 loss against Southampton.

The trip down to the south coast did nothing to lift the club's spirits, and may hurt a little bit more than a normal loss for Ronald Koeman after leaving Southampton this summer for the promise of Everton. But that once-fearsome attack could only manage one shot on goal in the entire match. The Toffees had plenty of time to recover from conceding the first goal in the first 44 seconds of the match after former transfer target Charlie Austin headed in an early chance. Everton had a great chance in the final seconds of the match but Enner Valencia's header went just wide. For Everton, the loss means the club has only taken one point from its last five away matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 27 - 1:45 PM

Everton responded from its 5-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge before the break to earn a point in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

The Toffees went behind in the first half after captain Phil Jagielka clumsily bowled over Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson inside the box that led to a penalty, which the Icelandic international put away easily to go into the half with a 1-0 lead. But it was Seamus Coleman who righted his fellow defender's wrong with a last-gasp effort in the 89th minute. Following a scramble in the penalty area, a poor Swansea City clearance dropped to the right-back near the six-yard box before heading the ball just past Lukasz Fabianski and into the top corner to steal the point.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 19 - 12:33 PM

Everton will finally have the services of James McCarthy and Leighton Baines following their return from injury during the international break.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed the good news ahead of the club's match against Swansea City this weekend: "They have had a good week of training and they are available for the weekend. They started training last weekend. They have had the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today’s session, plus tomorrow. That is enough sessions to be available." Baines hasn't feature since Gameweek 5 against Middlesbrough, exactly two months ago due to a hamstring injury while McCarthy has missed the last month with a thigh problem.
Nov 18 - 6:30 AM

Everton will be without another central midfielder for the upcoming weekend due to Gareth Barry's suspension.

The veteran midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Chelsea in Gameweek 12's 5-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge and will now serve a one-match ban, missing Saturday's Swansea City match. However, the Toffees will be thrilled to have midfield workhorse Idrissa Gueye back from a yellow-card accumulation ban of his own as it was clear the Senegalese international was missed against Chelsea. Without Barry, manager Ronald Koeman could simply slot in Gueye alongside Ross Barkley and Tom Cleverley and stick to the five-man backline or check on the fitness of James McCarthy.
Source: The FA
Nov 17 - 4:59 AM

Everton is close to seeing its defense back to full health with Tyias Browning nearing full fitness following a knee injury.

The 22-year-old has missed nearly a year after suffering a season-ending knee injury in December of last year that required surgery. But the center-half has recovered enough to play a couple of halves for the U23 side and is now training with the senior team. Said Browning: "I’m not too sure how far away I am away from full match fitness. I’ve got a lot of football to play with Under-23s and a lot to catch up on - I’m just taking it one step at a time. I’ve had a lot of help from the Club and rehab has gone really well, so now it’s just about getting the minutes under my belt."
Nov 13 - 2:52 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed Muhamed Besic has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery from a knee injury.

The Bosnian international sustained an ACL injury less than two weeks before the start of the season during Wayne Rooney's testimonial match in August. The injury was expected to rule him out for six months, and three months into his recovery, Besic appears to be moving according to schedule: "He’s progressing well. What we said [about his recovery] he’s on his way to being back. It’s a long-term injury and you need to be patient. But the medical staff are really happy with Mo because he has shown a really good professional attitude. That makes it easier to come back."
Nov 12 - 4:47 AM

Maarten Stekelenburg is expected to return for next weekends’ trip at Stamford Bridge after missing the win over West Ham because of injury.

Ronald Koeman spoke after his sides 2-0 victory which helped the Toffees climb to sixth in the table: "Yesterday, Maarten had a swollen foot," he explained. "He was close to playing today. He had a test this morning but he did not have that confidence [in the foot] and that was the reason he didn’t start. But he will be fit for next week." Koeman then went on to praise Joel Robles who came in for his first top flight appearance since the Leicester defeat in May: "We have total confidence in Joel. He had a difficult time in the beginning after the decision that we made [to keep Stekelenburg as first choice] but in the last few months he’s been doing well, he’s been waiting for his chance and he’s showed today that he can be the number one if we need him, no problem."
Oct 31 - 10:22 AM

Everton will have to do without midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye for the upcoming showdown with Chelsea after earning his fifth yellow card.

Gueye has been one of the Premier League's biggest surprises this season since completing a £7.1 million move this summer from Aston Villa, where his debut season in the top flight was marred by a relegation campaign. But the Senegalese international has turned it on for manager Ronald Koeman, even keeping James McCarthy out of the lineup. However, the Toffees' new star will now miss out on facing in-form Chelsea (four clean sheets in their last four) after Everton ended its four-match winless streak against West Ham today.
Oct 30 - 6:50 PM

Ross Barkley finally seems to be "getting it" as he played well and scored in the Toffees' 2-0 home win over West Ham.

Ronald Koeman has been critical of Barkley and pulled him from the line-up at times in an effort to better channel the talent that is evident to all. Barkley played well Sunday and will feel aggrieved not to have scored in the first half after a great move forced a "Save of the Year" contender from Adrian. He got his goal is the second half after Lukaku opened the scoring and Everton cruised to a clean sheet victory.
Source: Espnfc.com
Oct 30 - 12:00 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman announced at the club's pre-match press conference that James McCarthy and Leighton Baines are out for the weekend.

Baines has missed the last month after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury two weeks ago and has not played since Gameweek 5 against Middlesbrough. Bryan Oviedo has filled in at left-back in the meantime, with Koeman admitting he has been impressed by the Costa Rican. Meanwhile, McCarthy has only made one brief substitute appearance (in a Week 8 draw with Manchester City) since Gameweek 2, when he suffered a groin injury. The Irish international recovered in time to feature for Ireland during the international break, where he sustained a hamstring strain that will keep him out of the West Ham match this weekend.
Oct 29 - 9:45 AM

James McCarthy is facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury during training.

Ronald Koeman criticised Martin O’Neill earlier this month for his treatment of the Toffees midfielder during the recent international break and Everton’s worst fears have been realised. The Dutchman claimed McCarthy was "massively overloaded" after playing 171 World Cup Qualifying minutes across two games, just four days apart, having spent the previous six weeks recovering from groin surgery. The Everton boss accused the Republic of Ireland of "killing the player" and McCarthy was restricted to a role from the bench at Manchester City. However, the 25-year-old did not travel with the group to Turf Moor in game week nine, and Koeman later confirmed that his absence was caused by a hamstring tear sustained in training which could keep McCarthy out until the end of November.
Source: Daily Mail
Oct 26 - 10:29 AM

Everton's autumn slide only continued following a 2-1 loss to Burnley that extends the club's Premier League winless streak to four games.

Heading into Gameweek 6, the Toffees sat in second place behind Manchester City, until a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth preceded two draws and a loss at the Turf Moor on Saturday to drop the club into sixth place. Everton did well to respond to a first-half deficit after Sam Vokes sent the Clarets ahead in the 39th minute after Maarten Stekelenburg couldn't control a save that fell right to Vokes. But Yannick Bolasie answered in the second half with his first Premier League goal for the Toffees after taking the ball off Romelu Lukaku's feet and firing it past Tom Heaton before Scott Arfield's late winner broke Everton's heart.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 22 - 12:26 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman announced the club will be without left-back Leighton Baines for the upcoming trip to Burnley.

Baines was a surprise omission from the draw with Manchester City last weekend due to a hamstring injury and will now miss another week and potentially longer as the Toffees may have to wait on Baines to make a complete recovery after suffering a setback. Said Koeman: "It is difficult because Leighton did the normal program to come back - he had good sessions and played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors game against Wigan. But then the day after he was a little bit stiff and he went for a scan that showed he had a little setback. It is tricky. Maybe we need to wait longer to get him back to 100 per cent. It is difficult to say how long it will take but we will see."
Oct 21 - 2:18 AM

The mystery surrounding Leighton Baines’ absence against Manchester City has been revealed.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed during last weekends’ pre-match press conference that the defender had been passed fit and he would be included in the squad which travelled to the Etihad. However, there was no sign of the left-back in the match day 18 and Bryan Oviedo continued to deputise. Speculation suggested Baines had been omitted due to a lack of match fitness having missed the previous four games due to a hamstring strain, but the Liverpool ECHO confirm he suffered a setback in training which is also threatening to keep him out of the trip to Burnley on Saturday.
Oct 19 - 5:23 AM


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