Keane and Jagielka could miss next two games

Sunday 24 September 2017  17 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton look set to be without both Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka for both the Apollon Limassol and Burnley games because of injury.

The duo missed yesterday's 2-1 win over Bournemouth and Ronald Koeman says it's possible neither player will feature until after the upcoming international break.

Keane suffered a gash to his foot that will rule him out of Thursday's Europa League clash with the Cypriots while Jagielka has a minor hamstring complaint.

"It's not so bad," Koeman said of Keane's injury yesterday. "His foot was a little bit open and the doctor said he will maybe reach next Sunday but he will be doubtful for Thursday.

"I think he cannot start on Thursday but maybe yes on Sunday.

"Jagielka has a slight hamstring problem and will be one week to 10 days out and we will not take that risk before the international break.

"We did not have seven normally starting players today so it is even more of a compliment to the players who played today for what they showed."  


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David Connor
1 Posted 24/09/2017 at 21:48:54
Well, Mason Holgate has a couple more chances to stake a claim ahead of Williams and Jags. Please don't blow it, son, we are ready for a permanent partner for Keane. The ball's in your court. Big improvement needed though.
Minik Hansen
2 Posted 24/09/2017 at 22:26:15
We are on a little run of winning games, so it's a good time to spare a few at the back. COYB.
Will Mabon
3 Posted 24/09/2017 at 23:14:57
We can do without any injuries.
James Stewart
4 Posted 25/09/2017 at 02:51:30
Big mistake not signing another centre-back.
Richard Lyons
5 Posted 25/09/2017 at 08:06:24
I'd like to see more of the team that was on the pitch at the end of the game feature in what Koeman calls "normally starting players"...
Ray Smith
6 Posted 25/09/2017 at 08:58:52
I would play Sigurdsson with Rooney on the bench.

I don't see them playing together, Rooney slows the game down (still a very skilful player) whereas Sigurdsson is more of a fast pace player.

I said it in a previous post: Do we have a Gerrard/Lampard situation with Rooney and Sigurdsson? However, nobody agreed or disagreed with me on that point?

Brian Porter
7 Posted 25/09/2017 at 11:10:29
"Normally starting players?" So in other words, Koeman is effectively saying he will revert to type as soon as all his personal favourites are available again, precisely the attitude towards team selection that did for Martinez in the end.

We have gone from one dumb manager to another. I thought he said last season, that every position in the team was up for grabs by the players who were performing the best at that moment in time. Another lie, Ronald?

James Marshall
8 Posted 25/09/2017 at 11:20:28
I read the title of this as 'Koeman and Jagielka to miss next two games'...

Damn.

Clive Rogers
9 Posted 25/09/2017 at 11:26:21
Brian (#7), I think you have read too much into that comment. I think he just means "normally available". Every manager has their favourites. At least Koeman's have ability.
Steve Ferns
11 Posted 25/09/2017 at 11:59:45
I thought Mason Holgate put in a very John Stones type performance.

He made one critical error for the goal. There was another error we got away with, but everything else he did was very good and he brought the ball out of defence well, but perhaps a little too well as he looked to get forward, and perhaps he shouldn't be doing that whilst looking to stake his claim to be a centre half. Instead, he should be showing he can do the basics and then build upon that.

Very much a mixed performance, but it was very promising and he clearly can do the job and do it well, he just needs some experience at the top level. Surely, he must start on Thursday.

Roberto Birquet
12 Posted 25/09/2017 at 13:17:48
Ray (#6),

It's worse than a Lampard/Gerard conundrum – amazed that the BBC panel had them as the all time Premier League central midfield: idiots.

We have three No 10s (Sigurdsson, Rooney and Klaassen) and almost no wingers - –or none that are picked to play. We should have chosen between Sigurdsson and Klaassen and used the savings on a left wing back. Amazingly, we are picking all three and have no width. I'd give Klaassen the Europe games, and Sigurdsson or Rooney the Premier League games.

Wingers? Vlasic, Lennon and soon – not soon enough – Bolasie.

Ray Smith
13 Posted 25/09/2017 at 13:57:35
We still have Ross as a No 10, however, there will be snow in hell before Koeman plays him.

Stranger things have happened. Oumar never gave up, perhaps Ross should sit down with him!

Roberto Birquet
14 Posted 25/09/2017 at 15:25:36
That would be stranger than Niasse.

We needed Niasse because of a lack of alternatives. We'd need a plane crash (Heaven Forbid!) for the same to be true for Barkley.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 25/09/2017 at 15:52:20
Ray (#13),

Ross should look at Oumar on the pitch in not giving up, as well as off it.

David Barks
16 Posted 25/09/2017 at 15:58:22
Why should Ross Barkley look at Niasse as an example? How are their circumstances related in anyway whatsoever? That makes absolutely zero sense.
Colin Glassar
17 Posted 25/09/2017 at 18:08:58
They've both been poor the last few games so I think we can survive without them for a few games.
Ray Smith
18 Posted 25/09/2017 at 20:08:18
Dave (#15), I totally agree.

David (#16), Oumar has conducted himself with dignity.

Ross for some reason is being badly advised, and appears to be acting on that advice, and dare I say it, alienating himself from a lot of us who have/are supporting him through this current turbulent period in his career.

I can't see him breaking into any current top 6 squad, let alone securing a starting berth.

That's my point!

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