Player News - Everton

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Roberto Martinez has ruled Christian Atsu out of contention for Everton's trip to the Emirates on Sunday due to an illness, but expects to have him back for the midweek round.

Martinez has praised Atsu's performance of late, and it has earned the wide man more pitch time. Naturally, the manager will feel pressed to find production from wherever he can as he tries to guide the Toffees toward a run of wins. Because of that, predicting his XI these days has been as difficult as ever and until they start playing better, the players who do start are hard to trust to come good. With that in mind along with the fixture, there should be limited investment here.
Feb 27 - 3:58 PM

Romelu Lukaku came off early in the second half of Everton's Europa League win on Thursday but should be fine for the weekend according to manager Roberto Martinez.

Martinez, speaking ahead of Everton's match with Arsenal on Sunday, indicated that Lukaku is "fine" and "trained well" on Friday. Everton, the only Premier League side to make it through the mid-week European matches successfully, will look to replicate the success they had against Arsenal earlier in the season. While they still likely regret giving away their two-goal lead late, they played well and managed a point against the Gunners at Goodison Park.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 27 - 1:27 PM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed Everton full-back Tony Hibbert will not be included in the Europa League squad to face BSC Young Boys on Thursday as the defender continues to recover from a muscular problem.

Hibbert has not featured since early December because of an ongoing calf issue which has hampered his involvement in recent seasons but the Everton boss is hopeful of a return within the near future. Martinez also confirmed Steven Pienaar [knee] and Leon Osman [foot] may get some competitive minutes following their lengthy absence and with a number of options available [plus a passage to the last-16 in the Europa almost guaranteed] the Toffees have a chance to rotate and keep players fresh ahead of Sundays’ game at the Emirates. Arouna Kone could start up front after Romelu Lukaku looked lacklustre against Leicester – the Belgium was said to be struggling with fatigue while John Stones [suspended] and Aaron Lennon [eligible] will not be considered helping to ensure they are at optimal level in game week 27.
Feb 26 - 6:51 AM

Everton are still reeling from a disappointing draw at home to Leicester City and must now turn around and travel to the Emirates this weekend.

Everton still have a Europa match ahead of them tomorrow night so perhaps there is a chance they can get on the right track before heading to face Arsenal Sunday. Even if they do though, it would be difficult to trust that they will maintain any sort of positive form so fantasy investment this weekend should be on a "have no other choice" basis. Gareth Barry completed his suspension that saw him miss the match against the Foxes. Perhaps his presence can solidify the defense.
Feb 25 - 3:41 PM

Despite conceding two goals at home to the league's worst club, John Stones managed to have a respectable fantasy day, but with a trip to The Emirates next, it would be hard to trust any Toffees right now.

Just when things looked to be heading in the right direction for Roberto Martinez's men, especially defensively, they took a step back against Leicester over the weekend. Still, Stones put up a respectable eight points in the Yahoo format and actually saw his price drop since the gameweek ended. However, a trip to Arsenal next does not have the makings of a proper setting to bounce back.
Feb 23 - 2:48 PM

Romelu Lukaku had a goal and an assist in the Toffees' 2-2 draw but it could, and should have been more.

The Belgian hit man had a number of excellent chances on the day and the fact that Everton could only manage a 2-2 home draw with the bottom team in the league underscores their plight this season. Things just aren't quick clicking for the Toffees under Roberto Martinez. Lukaku should have seen them through to three needed points given all of his chances but instead mistakes from Tim Howard and missed opportunities mean that Everton still aren't entirely clear of a relegation battle.
Feb 22 - 11:47 AM

Roberto Martinez revealed that left back Bryan Oviedo has felt a strain in his hamstring during training, putting his availability for Everton's match against Southampton on Sunday in question.

Oviedo did well in his time with Baines on the shelf. In two league starts, coming against Liverpool and Chelsea, Everton conceded just one goal. However, he cannot match the abilities of Baines so even though the injury is not something to celebrate by any means, it does little to Martinez's plans as he surely had it in mind to plug Baines straight back in this weekend.
Feb 20 - 12:29 PM

Roberto Martinez confirmed in Everton's press conference today that Leighton Baines is fit enough to return to action and will be in the squad when the Toffees host Leicester City on Sunday.

If you can afford him, Baines makes for a strong play as the fixture looks to offer potential returns in attacking and defending against the league's basement-dwellers. Bryan Oviedo, who filled in for Baines, is now himself a doubt with a hamstring injury so any thought to Baines returning this weekend in a bench role and thereby ruining your investment should be dismissed.
Feb 20 - 12:17 PM

Seamus Coleman had a rough fantasy score in his last game and it saw his price drop to a very attractive number as Everton get set to host the league's basement dwellers, Leicester City.

Everton have shown signs of turning their season around in recent weeks, especially defensively, but a 0-1 result at Stamford Bridge in which Coleman was yellow carded caused the attacking fullback's price to take a dip to 11.71m. Any Toffee coverage in the back looks like a good idea this week, it is just a matter of whether you want to pay a premium for someone like Leighton Baines or roll the dice on Tim Howard as a budget play.
Feb 16 - 1:41 PM

Gareth Barry will miss GW26 following his sending-off on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge; the Everton midfielder received his marching orders after a trip on Willian during the dying moments which led to his second yellow card of the evening.

Nevertheless the match will be remembered for the melee that ensued when players from both sides confronted each other - the Barry tackle - acted as a flash-point and there was a coming together between Branislav Ivanovic and James McCarthy; the Chelsea defender grabbed McCarthy around the neck and appeared to thrust his head towards the Toffees midfielder. No action was taken at the time despite the referee being less than 5 yards away but the matter was referred to the FA. Unsurprisingly given his recent brush with the Association Mourinho refused to comment but Roberto Martinez was adamant his actions were worthy of a red card. However on Thursday the FA revealed Ivanovic would face no further action while both teams were charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.
Source: The Guardian
Feb 13 - 2:21 PM

Tim Howard is fully fit according to Roberto Martinez and one would expect for the veteran to reclaim his spot back straight away, but with an away match against Chelsea on the docket, there is no reason to invest in him yet.

It has to be said that Howard was not having a very good season before his injury and Robles has actually been a better fantasy producer from a per-game average than Howard in his time minding the net. It may make the most since to let Howard make the bench for this round. Everton have a slim shot at getting a positive result at the Bridge, as is the case for just about any visiting club. By sticking with Robles one more week, it rewards the backup for his contribution but will make it easier to switch back to Howard for the next round if the Blues put up a crooked score. Either way, monitor Howard over the next few rounds and pick him up while his price is dirt cheap, just 3.09m currently in Yahoo.
Feb 10 - 12:34 PM

Leighton Baines remains a question mark as to his availability for Everton's midweek clash with Chelsea as the deadline for Week 25 is just a couple hours away.

With the given fixture, a trip to Stamford Bridge, fantasy managers shouldn't feel too upset about not having the left back's services available to them this round. From a reality standpoint though, it is difficult to imagine the Toffees finding a positive result without him against the league's top club. Bryan Oviedo will deputize if need be, but there are better budget options in defense out there this week.
Feb 10 - 12:21 PM

Aidan McGeady will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday after picking up a knee injury in training.

McGeady was absent from last weekends’ Merseyside derby because of a training ground injury - bruised patella – and although the problem is not thought to be serious GW25 will come too soon. Roberto Martinez has a couple of concerns prior to the match against Chelsea - namely Leighton Baines who is struggling with a knee complaint with the England full-back facing a late fitness test. Steven Naismith [neck] will also be checked following an awkward fall on Saturday. However there was better news regarding Tim Howard who is now medically fit so the Toffees boss has a decision to make while James McCarthy came through 90 minutes against Liverpool unscathed after 6 weeks out with a hamstring problem.
Source: BT Sport
Feb 9 - 9:18 AM

Everton and Liverpool shared the spoils from Saturdays’ 224th Merseyside derby, an encounter which in truth lacked the normal pizzazz and flair associated with this fixture although Martinez will point to a number of injury concerns which affected his squad both prior and during the game.

The Toffees build-up to the match was hampered by the loss of full-back Leighton Baines who failed a late fitness test – the England international was unable to shake off a knee injury which he picked up at Selhurst Park in GW23 while Aidan McGeady was also ruled out after suffering a bruised patella in training. However James McCarthy [hamstring] was able to make his first appearance in six weeks after he was given the all-clear on Wednesday with loanee Aaron Lennon occupying a spot on the bench. Roberto Martinez also revealed post-match that Steven Naismith [neck] was being monitored throughout the game following an awkward fall and team mate Muhamed Besic was withdrawn after picking up a knock. The quartet will be assessed before GW25 with up to 8 players at risk of missing the Chelsea match.
Source: talkSPORT
Feb 7 - 6:29 PM

Bryan Oviedo got a surprise start as Leighton Baines was kept out the squad with a knee injury that was not revealed during the buildup to the match.

Roberto went on to say post match that Baines had picked up a knock in the previous match against Palace and failed a fitness test this morning. A tough blow who depend on Baines as an every week play for his ability to offer big returns attacking and defending. Meanwhile, Oviedo gets a start and has a nice fantasy day with a clean sheet, not bad for the second cheapest defender available in the Yahoo game. If he happened to put up points for you, then you may want to stop by your local lotto to play some numbers.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 7 - 2:53 PM

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