Player News - Everton

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Everton star forward Romelu Lukaku shook off any worries over his fitness with a goal in a 2-0 win against Sunderland.

The former Chelsea striker returned to the top of the Premier League in goals with his 17th of the season to put him level with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring in the 40th minute with his first Premier League goal for the Toffees, blasting a low pass from Seamus Coleman into the back of the net. Then, in the 80th, Lukaku doubled Everton's lead with a powerful effort, fighting off former Everton teammate Bryan Oviedo on a breakaway and finishing past Jordan Pickford for the goal, to put him level on 60 goals with Everton legend Duncan Ferguson for the club record and his eighth in the last five home matches. Everton now sit just four points back of Manchester United after extending its league unbeaten streak to nine.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 25 - 12:13 PM

Everton star forward Romelu Lukaku shook off any worries over his fitness with a goal in a 2-0 win against Sunderland.

The former Chelsea striker returned to the top of the Premier League in goals with his 17th of the season to put him level with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring in the 40th minute with his first Premier League goal for the Toffees, blasting a low pass from Seamus Coleman into the back of the net. Then, in the 80th, Lukaku doubled Everton's lead with a powerful effort, fighting off former Everton teammate Bryan Oviedo on a breakaway and finishing past Jordan Pickford for the goal, to put him level on 60 goals with Everton legend Duncan Ferguson for the club record and his eighth in the last five home matches. Everton now sit just four points back of Manchester United after extending its league unbeaten streak to nine.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 25 - 12:13 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed a trio of key players have returned to training after dealing with a series of minor injuries.

Midfielders James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas missed the club's scoreless draw with Middlesbrough in Week 25 while star forward Romelu Lukaku was left out of the club's warm-weather trip to Dubai in order to recover from a calf injury. But the trio has returned to full training and look set to take part in the weekend match with Sunderland: "Romelu had a little calf problem but has been back in training for the last three days. James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas have also trained with the group this week."
Feb 23 - 3:45 PM

Everton is finally on the back end of its injury troubles with Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy due back this weekend.

The midfielders missed the club's scoreless draw with Middlesbrough in Week 25 due to a pair of knocks, but are set to return to training this week ahead of the club's weekend match with Sunderland. It comes as welcome news with Romelu Lukaku close to full fitness and Muhamed Besic nearing a return from a long-term injury in the midst of an eight-game unbeaten streak. Said manager Ronald Koeman: "They are progressing well. We knew that they would not play in the friendly this Friday but next week, from Tuesday on, they will be available for all the training sessions. Normally they would be fit for the weekend of Sunderland."
Source: Goal.com
Feb 19 - 4:07 AM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is confident Romelu Lukaku will be fully fit for the upcoming weekend.

The star forward has spent the last week in Belgium, rather than with the club on a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, receiving treatment on a calf injury. But Koeman confirmed this is all according to plan with the star forward set to return for the club's Week 26 match against Sunderland. "We know that for 10 days Rom has had some problems with his calf. He has a lot of confidence in the Belgian doctor and I gave him permission to go to Belgium and recover. We expect him, normally, next Tuesday to be joining in the training session. He will be fit and available for the weekend."
Source: Goal.com
Feb 19 - 4:02 AM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that he rested Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy due to injury this weekend.

The midfield pair missed out on the club's 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough as Mirallas picked up a groin injury while McCarthy sustained a strained hamstring against Bournemouth in Gameweek 25, where he recorded a goal and an assist. However, Koeman said he expects the duo to return for the club's match against Sunderland next weekend: "They weren’t fit enough today. James was struggling after last weekend and, with his history this season, we didn’t take any risks. He will be available in two weeks. It’s the same for Kevin who was struggling with his groin. We want to make sure he is 100 per cent for the next game."
Feb 14 - 12:36 PM

Everton will take advantage of their free weekend by travelling to Dubai for a warm weather training camp, but the Toffees will be without top scorer Romelu Lukaku.

The 23-year-old, who is a rich vein of form, will instead, head to Belgium for treatment on a calf issue which has been bothering him in recent weeks. The precise nature of the issue isn’t known at this point but the club say his injury is "not serious" and Lukaku should line up at the Stadium of Light when the Premier League fixtures resume on February 25. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, currently out after damaging ankle ligaments, and Mo Besic who is recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament were named as part of the group but Yannick Bolasie did not make the trip. Everton have climbed to seventh in the table and remain unbeaten since the derby loss to Liverpool back in December, a run of eight games which includes a 4-0 win over Man City.
Source: ITV.com
Feb 14 - 4:45 AM

Romelu Lukaku couldn't figure out a sturdy Middlesbrough defense in a disappointing 0-0 away draw for Everton.

Lukaku couldn't replicate any of the magic that saw him score four goals in 6-3 massacre of Bournemouth last weekend, managing only one shot on target in the entire match that required a remarkable save from Victor Valdes. Joel Robles had a couple highlight saves of his own while Leighton Baines came to the rescue in the second half when he cleared a goal-bound header off the line. Everton has now gone its last eight Premier League matches without a loss, although Everton lost ground on sixth-place Manchester United.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 11 - 12:41 PM

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku put together one of the most prolific performances of the season in a 6-3 win against Bournemouth.

In what was a barn-burning, high-octane shootout that featured nine goals between the two sides, it was Lukaku who managed four of those goals to become the Premier League's top scorer on 16 goals. The former Chelsea phenom started right away with a goal in the first 30 seconds, a beautiful curling effort from the edge of the area to tie the fastest goal of the season. He then set up James McCarthy's goal in the 23rd minute, then adding a second goal just six minutes later for a 3-0 half-time lead. Lukaku waited until the 83rd to secure a hat-trick, then adding a fourth just a minute after.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 4 - 12:12 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman announced that midfielder Idrissa Gueye is fully fit after international duty.

However, there's no guarantee that the midfielder will regain his place in the starting lineup after missing the last three Premier League matches while at the African Cup of Nations with Senegal. Prior to his departure, Gueye had started every match but one, but now returns to see new faces in Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies excelling in central midfield. Said Koeman: "First of all, Gana was one of the key players for us before he left for the Africa Cup of Nations. We’ve had some new faces in the team [since] and everyone knows at the moment we have five very good midfielders in that position. It’s always a big, tough decision for a manager but I like to have it."
Feb 3 - 3:11 PM

Seamus Coleman scored a late first half equalizer as Everton came from behind to pick up a point on the road against Stoke City.

Seamus Coleman seems to have rediscovered his goalscoring boots. After scoring twice in the first half of the season the right back has doubled that total over the past two Premier League matches. There was a hint of offsides about the goal as Romelu Lukaku was near Coleman's shot in an offside position but was judged not to have interfered as the Ireland international's shot found the net. Coleman's goal equalized an early strike from former Liverpool man Peter Crouch.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 1 - 5:03 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that defender Phil Jagielka will remain at the club for the rest of the season.

Rumors in recent weeks have linked Jagielka with a winter exit, with West Ham and Sunderland interested. Despite making only three appearances in the last nine Premier League matches, Jagielka is set to stay at the club on deadline day. Said Koeman: "I spoke to Jags about his situation and he accepted it.He knows he needs to fight like every other player that is maybe not as involved (as they would like to be) or is not starting because we need competition...I understand it’s difficult for Jags because he’s the captain but we’d like to keep him as he can play an important role to the end of the season."
Jan 31 - 10:11 AM

Everton waited until the end to steal three points from Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park thanks to Seamus Coleman.

The right-back rummaged down the wing, where youth star Tom Davies found the Irish international with a through ball. Coleman collected himself and fired a shot past Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey for the match-winner, his fourth goal of the season, in the 87th minute make it three wins on the trot for the Toffees and five straight Premier League matches without a loss. For once, Everton didn't need the help of Romelu Lukaku, who entered the match with three goals in his last four league matches. With the win, Everton now moves five points back of sixth-place Manchester United, who drew at Stoke.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 21 - 12:11 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has made a full return from injury.

The Dutch goalkeeper has missed the last month due to a dead leg following a collision with a teammate in the Merseyside derby in December. In his absence, Joel Robles has impressed mightily in five appearances with three clean sheets in the last four Premier League matches. With two experienced keepers, Koeman said he is not sure who to start this weekend against Crystal Palace: "He [Stekelenburg] is fully fit. I don’t [want to] say anything about this because last week Maarten Stekelenburg was still not 100-per-cent fit to start the game. Yes, he is now 100 per cent but that’s a decision we need to make."
Jan 19 - 3:25 PM

Ronald Koeman confirms goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has fully recovered from his recent injury but there is a slight doubt over Leighton Baines heading into game week 22.

Stekelenburg suffered a dead leg in the Merseyside derby and spent almost a month on the sidelines before returning to the bench last weekend. The 34-year-old is "100 percent fit to start" but following the 4-0 battering of Man City at Goodison six days ago, it is possible that Koeman could name an unchanged side with Joel Robles continuing between the sticks. Leighton Baines "is struggling a little bit with his rib but normally he would be available," Koeman said. "Otherwise we are the same as last week. The long-term injuries are to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mo Besic and Yannick Bolasie."
Source: Soccerway
Jan 19 - 10:21 AM


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