Player News - Everton

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Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori is in contention to start against Newcastle after returning from injury last week.

The Argentine international returns just in time to make a push for the World Cup team after playing in a competitive match for the first time in more than a year after recovering from an ACL injury. Ashley Williams is also in contention against Newcastle on Monday after returning from suspension, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to be fit after missing last week with a minor injury. Said Allardyce: "I am very enthusiastic [about Funes Mori’s comeback], he has trained with the first team since returning from his injury. He came off the bench and, when needed, I feel we will give him his opportunity. It is good to have a player of his experience back in his squad."
Apr 20 - 12:36 PM

Everton has now gone 17 straight Merseyside derbies without beating Liverpool after a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.

On Saturday, the Toffees had their best chance to break that streak with Liverpool starting only six players from a Champions League win over Manchester City earlier in the week, none named Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino. But Everton could only manage one shot on goal: a stunning strike from distance from Yannick Bolasie in the first half that nearly curled its way into goal if not for a brilliant save from Loris Karius. Jordan Pickford made two impressive saves of his own to keep the home side in the game, but the Goodison faithful were left bored in their seats with a hollow effort from Sam Allardyce's men and remain in ninth.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 7 - 9:26 AM

Yannick Bolasie got his first goal of the season in Everton's 3-1 loss to Manchester City.

Everton was no match for Manchester City as Idrissa Gueye missed the game due to injury. This led to a midfield pivot of Wayne Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin that couldn't cut it in the first half as City scored three goals. The introduction of Tom Davies in the second half helped things but it was the connection of Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Yanninck Bolasie that provided the silver lining. Calvert-Lewin provided the pass but it was an excellent finish from Bolasie that beat Ederson Morales. Everton will need to move on from this result quickly as derby day with Liverpool is right around the corner.
Mar 31 - 2:42 PM

Everton manager Sam Allardyce said the club will give Idrissa Gueye up until the last minute to prove his fitness.

The club has a massive match against Manchester City on Saturday and remain one of two teams to take points off the league leaders after a 1-1 draw early in the season. But the Toffees are in desperate need of midfield help with Gylfi Sigurdsson and James McCarthy ruled out and Tom Davies returning from injury. Said Allardyce: "Gana will be assessed as late as tomorrow morning given it’s a 5.30pm kick-off. We’ll give him the next 24 hours and see what the position is because our midfield area is quite light because of the injuries we’ve got."
Mar 30 - 12:18 PM

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye has withdrawn from international duty with Senegal due to a muscular injury.

The former Aston Villa man is expected to play a big part in Senegal's World Cup plans, but the national team sent him back to Merseyside after assessing an injury sustained against Stoke City last weekend, despite playing 90 minutes. If Senegal manager Aliou Cisse's assessment is correct, Gueye would miss three weeks, including matches with Liverpool and Manchester City."My squad is almost complete, but Gana had a muscle tear when he came over," he reportedly said. "I had wanted him to be in my team, but I think he will be out for three weeks. I wanted him to come over with the rest of his national teammates, so we could assess his injury. He was able to do so."
Mar 24 - 6:46 AM

Mason Holgate has been forced to withdraw from Aidy Boothroyd’s England under-21 squad because of injury.

The Football Association announced on Wednesday that Holgate would miss the friendly with Romania at Molineux on Saturday, and the European Qualifier against Ukraine at Sheffield United three days later. The Everton defender left the Three Lions squad to undergo minor ankle surgery, the specifics of which are yet to be released. Holgate has struggled to nail down a place in the first-team since the turn of year - starting just three Premier League matches in 2018, the last of which was over two months ago – although he has played regularly for the under-23. With only seven games remaining, the procedure could keep Holgate out for the remainder of the campaign.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 22 - 6:47 AM

Everton manager Sam Allardyce confirmed that Gylfi Sigurdsson will miss six to eight weeks, but it may be a selection blessing for the side.

The good thing is that the knee injury shouldn't hinder the £45 million signing's chances at making the Iceland World Cup squad, barring a serious setback. Said Allardyce: "We'll continue to assess Gylfi's progress on a week-to-week basis and the medical team will work very closely with him, as they would with any injured player, to get him back playing as quickly as possible." Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin and Davy Klaassen have all been hard pressed for minutes in recent months, and the winter addition of Theo Walcott and Yannick Bolasie's return from injury has made space on the bench even tighter amongst a deep, talented squad. Over the weekend, Allardyce opted for Davies, Bolasie and Walcott playing alongside Cenk Tosun, with Wayne Rooney and Idrissa Gueye in midfield.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 18 - 8:33 PM

Cenk Tosun scored two more goals to lead Everton to victory in a 2-1 win against Stoke City on Saturday.

Despite a massive snowstorm that blanketed the pitch throughout the match, there was plenty of action throughout the match, starting with a straight red card issued to Charlie Adam in the 30th minute. But all of the goalscoring took place in a whirlwind 15 minutes in the second half. In the 69th minute, Tosun got on the score sheet with the opening goal that saw him in the right place at the right time following a scramble in the box. After 10-man Stoke CIty equalized, Tosun added his second in the 84th minute with a low header from a Theo Walcott cross to give the Turkish international four goals in his last three games.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 17 - 12:54 PM

Everton manager Sam Allardyce said he hopes midfielder James McCarthy could take part in some preseason training this summer.

The Irish international suffered a double leg break two months ago against West Brom and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the horrific injury, one that fellow Irishman Seamus Coleman only just returned from. After rumours linking him with big-money moves to Arsenal among other top sides, McCarthy has endured two injury-plagued years, but Allardyce said he hoped next season could a fresh start for the midfielder: It is down to the specialist and them saying if and when James can start moving forward. The specialist will guide us on how far we can go and with a bit of luck we can look forward to James starting the next pre-season with us."
Mar 16 - 2:54 AM

Everton confirm Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to miss up-to two months due to the ligament injury he sustained during the win over Brighton.

The Icelandic international picked up a knock after 25 minutes on Saturday but managed to complete the game. However, during the post-match press conference, manager Sam Allardyce flagged Sigurdsson as an early doubt for the trip to Stoke. On Monday, the club confirmed that the 28-year-old would be meeting with a knee specialist and released a follow-up statement after his consultation: ‘It is anticipated that Gylfi Sigurdsson’s knee injury will keep him sidelined for between six and eight weeks’. The news comes as a huge relief as there were growing concerns that he could potentially miss the World Cup finals in Russia, but Sigurdsson should be available by early May at the latest. His progress will be monitored closely by the medical team on a "week-to-week basis" to ensure a return to play "as quickly as possible". Dominic Calvert-Lewin could return to the side in his absence.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 14 - 9:16 AM

Everton released a statement on Monday morning confirming Gylfi Sigurdsson will meet with a specialist to determine the extent of his knee injury.

The Icelandic playmaker completed 90 minutes on Saturday, but manager Sam Allardyce confirmed during his post-match press briefing that Sigurdsson had taken a heavy knock which would need to be checked. It now appears that the injury may be more serious than initially thought, ending his season prematurely. "It is anticipated that the 28-year-old could be sidelined for several weeks, but it will only be after consulting with the specialist, that a definitive timeframe will be known." The news will come as major blow for both club and country, although thankfully, the win over Brighton all but guarantees the Toffees top-flight status. Iceland manager Heimir Hallgrímsson on the other hand has been left sweating and hoping Sigurdsson can make a swift return as he prepares his squad for the upcoming World Cup finals in Russia.
Mar 12 - 9:24 AM

Theo Walcott is expected to be available for trip to Stoke next weekend despite limping off during the 2-0 win over Brighton.

There were initial concerns that the winger had suffered a muscular strain – possibly calf or hamstring – after he pulled up chasing down a Gylfi Sigurdsson through ball midway through the second half. Walcott was immediately replaced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and walked straight down the tunnel. But, speaking post-match, manager Sam Allardyce confirmed the problem was fatigue-related [cramp] "so he should be okay". The Everton boss also explained that Morgan Schneiderlin was absent from the matchday squad because of illness while teammate Idrissa Gueye came down with the same bug overnight and couldn’t join the group on Saturday. Sigurdsson completed 90 minutes, however, he will be assessed after taking a whack on the knee, although initial reports suggest it isn’t anything serious.
Source: The Metro
Mar 11 - 8:56 AM

Everton got a helping hand from two winter arrivals in Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott in a 2-0 win against in-form Brighton.

It was a tight match until the hour mark when Everton took the lead behind what went down as a Gaetan Bong own goal. However, it was all Theo Walcott's effort as the former Arsenal star put pressure on Bong after Yannick Bolasie sent a long cross into the box, and the defender reacted with a touch into the net. Then, in the 76th minute, Tosun scored in his second straight match after playing a one-two with the recently-returned Leighton Baines, blasting the ball off the underside of the crossbar for the 2-0 lead. Minutes later, Wayne Rooney missed a penalty, but the Toffees came away with the three points.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 10 - 12:08 PM

Everton defender Phil Jagielka will play a part in the final two months of the season after returning from a knee injury.

The veteran center-half has missed the last four Premier League games after dealing with a minor knee problem for much of the year. However, with Ashley Williams set to miss the next three matches due to suspension, Jagielka returns just at the right time and is in contention to face Brighton this weekend, according to manager Sam Allardyce: "Phil is back in the squad after his knee injury. We now need to decide whether we draw on his experience for Saturday...For me, Phil might be a very important part of that and Leighton is pushing for a start as well, so hopefully we can get back on track against Brighton."
Mar 8 - 12:57 PM

Everton will be forced into at least one change for the visit of Brighton this weekend.

Phil Jagielka, Funes Mori and Leighton Baines are all options for Sam Allardyce as Ashley Williams begins a 3-game ban following his dismissal at Turf Moor in game week twenty-nine. The sending-off capped a truly miserable afternoon as Burnley came from behind to condemn the Toffees to their fifth successive Premier League defeat on the road [their last win away from Goodison Park came at Newcastle on December 13]. Fortunately, Everton fair a little better at home, and a victory on Saturday would make it three wins on the spin and almost guarantee their top-flight status for another season. James McCarthy [broken leg] and Eliaquim Mangala [knee surgery] will miss the remainder of the campaign, but goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is on the verge of a return after going under the knife back in October to remedy a hernia problem.
Mar 8 - 5:44 AM



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