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Jarrad Branthwaite has been withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships qualifier to undergo what Everton describe as "planned treatment" in a minor groin problem.

The defender apparently picked up the injury on international duty over the summer and will remain at Finch Farm so that the club's medical staff can address it before the Premier League programme resumes in 10 days' time.

Everton say that Branthwaite, who has started the last two League games, is expected to be fit to face Arsenal at Goodison Park on Sunday 17 September. 

England U21s are due to kick off their Euro2025 qualification campaign against Luxembourg this coming weekend.


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Kim Vivian
1 Posted 06/09/2023 at 16:38:51
Thank you and well done, whoever decided this at the club. An injury sustained or exacerbated on international duty is nailed on with our luck.
John Raftery
2 Posted 06/09/2023 at 18:08:52
This might explain why Dyche omitted him from the first two league matches and rested him for the Doncaster cup tie.
Mick Davies
3 Posted 06/09/2023 at 18:17:03
John, if so, then why don't the club tell us these things?

Lack of information and communication at Everton is worrying.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
4 Posted 06/09/2023 at 19:12:21
Dear Mr Arteta,

We play you in 11 days time. I just want you to know that we will possibly be without one of our first-choice centre-backs and so we might be playing Michael Keane alongside James Tarkowski.

Given the differences in strengths and weaknesses of Michael Keane and Jarrad Branthwaite, I wanted to give you as much time as possible to plan your tactics to take full advantage of our injury problem.

Jarrad may be fit to play but he has a problem with his groin and so he will not be able to sprint as well and this should also be factored into your preparations.

Sean Dyche

Yeah, Mick, we need to know about every injury and publicise it. Fancy a game of poker, but only if you show me your cards.

Paul Birmingham
5 Posted 06/09/2023 at 20:10:36
Good that Everton have been proactive and are looking after Branthwaite.

Good signs, and hopefully this international break has come at the right time for Everton.

Mick Davies
6 Posted 06/09/2023 at 23:28:20
Phil, maybe you don't, but some of us do. And as for all this tactical bullshit; it's just 11 vs 11, and I'm sure the opposition aren't that worried that they'd be influenced by whoever plays for us. FFS some people are as bad the stupid players who cover their mouths from the cameras in case the other side have employed a team of lip readers, and the idiots who carry pieces of paper on to the pitch, then eat the evidence. Are they so thick that they can't remember what they were told 30 seconds ago?
Bob Boote
7 Posted 07/09/2023 at 00:26:14
Mick #6
The answer to your last question is “yes”
Mick Davies
8 Posted 07/09/2023 at 01:24:34
Bob, I agree
Ajay Gopal
9 Posted 07/09/2023 at 05:54:13
If indeed this is a minor problem that can be corrected and Jarrad can be back fully fit for the Arsenal game, then this is a sensible move. Tarkowski and Branthwaite need to be wrapped in cotton wool after every game. :-)
Sam Hoare
10 Posted 07/09/2023 at 06:51:15
I've been a fan of Branthwaite for a while, he really stood out when he arrived in our U23 team, but even I have been surprised with how comfortable he has looked in his first 2 games.

At some point, I'm sure there will be mistakes and his inexperience will show but what an exciting propsect he looks.

It's early days but I think it's possible that in Branthwaite, Onana and maybe Beto we have a spine of players who could be worth £50M+ each over the next few years. This should help us both on and off the pitch.

The aim (as it should have been for the last 6 years! Grrr!) should be to keep finding young talent who have the potential to become the next Rice, Caciedo, Lavia, Livramento, Hojlund, Doku, Nunes etc. There's so many good players coming through and I'd like to see us shopping a bit more at source in South America and in particular Africa, where I think there are real opportunities to make ties with academies.

Alan J Thompson
11 Posted 07/09/2023 at 07:15:46
Phil (#4);

That is just plain silly, I mean, how would we get it there as we still haven't found the fax paper and Bill refuses to let anyone look down the back of his sofa – especially for anything to do with Arteta.

No wonder poor Bill isn't feeling well… probably worried sick.

Tony Abrahams
12 Posted 07/09/2023 at 07:31:13
That’s a very bittersweet post Sam H, imo mate.

It’s great to have players worth money, but where has the glory gone?

Derek Thomas
13 Posted 07/09/2023 at 07:44:41
The cynic in me thinks this is maybe a 'diplomatic' injury so he stays safe for Arsenal... but no club, manager or player has ever stooped that low before now, so it must be genuine.
Rob Halligan
14 Posted 07/09/2023 at 08:26:03
Mick # 6…

Maybe the paper with instructions written on is actually rice paper, so player comes on with instructions on a piece of rice paper, passes instructions on, then eats rice paper, which is a delicious and nutritious option to enjoy as a snack or as a meal. So kill two birds with one stone!! 😁😁😁

Duncan McDine
15 Posted 07/09/2023 at 10:22:01

I remember hearing about Gazza when he played for us. One of Walter's staff wrote 'Holland' on his arm in marker pen, so he knew which guy to mark at corners.

Admittedly, Gazza wasn't much of an academic, but very few footballers are.

Mike Doyle
16 Posted 07/09/2023 at 10:55:46
Sam #10,

I was discussing the 'central spine' topic with a colleague the other day - and recalling that managers and coaches, including Shankly, Bobby Robson, Don Howe and Alex Ferguson, always highlighted the importance.

In our position, Pickford, Branthwaite and Beto or Calvert-Lewin form part of it; however, it highlights the lack of a dominant midfield player. Onana may prove to be the answer, but I'm not sure he is at present.

Sam Hoare
17 Posted 07/09/2023 at 14:24:46
Mike, I wonder how often we see 'dominant midfield player' these days? I'm not sure the days of Viera or Roy Keane are still with us. if I try to think of a 'dominant midfield player' these days it's quite hard. I'm not sure the likes of Rodri or Guimares or Fabinho or Jorginho could be described in that way? Maybe Declan Rice might become that?

I think maybe Kante is the last one I can think of. Unless we talk about De Bruyne and the like but creative players aren't usually described that way. I expect he's as close to a dominant midfield player as we are likely to get for a little while.

Statistically, Onana is very good at what he does (breaking up play and winning the ball). This season he's also added creativity to his game by creating chances and spraying the ball long accurately. If he keeps that up all season I think he will have a £60m+ price tag by the end of it.

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 07/09/2023 at 14:36:42
Sam (17), McGinn of Aston Villa looks a really dominant midfield player every time he plays against us, maybe that says more about our midfield players marking him to be honest.
Barry Hesketh
19 Posted 07/09/2023 at 14:39:11
I think there are two different ways of playing these days, if you want to be in the top tier of the Premier League, you have to have as many creative players as possible, mostly on the flanks.

The enforcers (for want of a better word) at the likes of Man City, Arsenal et al, are usually found in the defence, probably because those teams have so much possession in any given match.

At the mid to lower level, you need more protection in the middle of the park, because those teams don't have a great deal of the ball, at least not for prolonged periods.

Everton struggle when they play similar ranked teams, because we have too many 'stoppers' and not enough creators in the squad never mind in the team. This lack of creativity means that it is very difficult to change tack from game to game and even during a game.

Given the amount of defensive-minded players we have in the group, it's so galling that even against Sheffield United we conceded quite a lot of chances for them to score, and didn't really create as many clear-cut chances that our possession of the ball, possibly merited.

John Keating
20 Posted 07/09/2023 at 14:48:31

Don't get me started on John McGinn. I went on and on about him when he was at Hibs. he could have got him for about £2.5 million at the time and I said even had it not worked out for him or us we'd easily have got our money back.

As usual, Celtic went in for him – his boyhood Club – and offered peanuts. Villa came in and got him for less than £3 million. great buy. I think they'd get their money back if they sold him these days!

Barry Hesketh
21 Posted 07/09/2023 at 14:55:14
John @20
I think it's true to say that Alan Stubbs claimed that he recommended McGinn to Everton, but Everton weren't interested in the player at the time.
John Keating
22 Posted 07/09/2023 at 16:07:19

Yes, McGinn played for Stubbs when they beat Rangers in the Cup Final. Actually, Stubbs did well there but decided he wanted to be closer to home so went to Rotherham or somewhere, closer???

Anyway, McGinn was a steal; how he wasn't chased by a ton ofclubs to this day is a mystery?

Sam Hoare
23 Posted 08/09/2023 at 06:52:55
Dave, I like John McGinn and would definitely have him at Everton. Not sure I would necessarily describe him as ‘dominating' (physically at least he's only 5’-9”) but he's as good a shout as anyone else in the league.

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