15/02/2024 24comments  |  Jump to last

Abdoulaye Doucouré is back in training after recovering from a hamstring injury sustained last month. 

The player's influence on Everton's results this season cannot be overstated: Everton rarely win if Doucouré isn't playing, and he is the top scorer so far this  season. The 31-year-old has been out since playing the full game against Aston Villa on 14 January, the only game he has played out of Everton's last 11 matches. 

Sean Dyche is known to take a very cautious approach with players returning from injury, so it would be normal for him to be named initially on the subs bench for the massive encounter with Crystal Palace on Monday night. 

Everton's other key injured first-team players, Arnout Danjuma and André Gomes, are still expected to be out for a further prolonged period, along with Dele Alli, who seems further than ever from being fit enough to play after undergoing groin surgery. 


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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 15/02/2024 at 12:47:02
Hopefully he's back on the pitch Monday. We've missed him.
Anthony Flack
2 Posted 15/02/2024 at 13:25:00
I've just seen Hodgson has been taken ill and is expected to be sacked – obviously even though he's ex RS its ok to wish him well.

What I do not want to see is Palace on the bounce on Monday with a new manager.

Or playing with a team of strikers who never score, as it always seems to be a first against Everton

Terry Aylward
3 Posted 15/02/2024 at 14:05:44
I can't see Crystal Palace sacking Hodgson while he's ill, imagine the backlash that they'd get from the Media.

Hopefully he makes a full recovery and has a period of convalescence. Having one of the coaching staff in charge for Monday's game can only benefit us.

Christopher Timmins
4 Posted 15/02/2024 at 14:27:19
With hindsight, Hodgson should have stepped back after leading them to safety at the end of last season. I hope he is not too ill and makes a quick recovery.

It will be good to have Doucoure back, however, he might be used from the bench rather than given a start on Monday. The only change from the Man City game will be a start for our captain.

We have a great record against Palace and hopefully we will be ahead of them next Tuesday morning.

James Hughes
5 Posted 15/02/2024 at 14:51:54
Best wishes, Roy. You display the kind of dignity that Bingo can only dream of.
Mark Andersson
6 Posted 15/02/2024 at 15:38:18
I like Roy... hope he recovers soon.

Hopefully we get all 3 points!

Dale Self
7 Posted 15/02/2024 at 15:41:23
That Roy is the fall guy when Parrish asked him to come back to stabilize the club is typical Premier League treatment of decent people. Brutal business it is.
Les Callan
8 Posted 15/02/2024 at 16:05:07
Being replaced by a guy called Oliver Glasner apparently.
Tom Bowers
9 Posted 15/02/2024 at 16:24:00
Roy has been a truly great English manager. His work with Fulham a few years back was tremendous.

Sadly he has been overtaken by the stresses of the Premier League and deserves retirement. Get well soon.

Derek Knox
10 Posted 15/02/2024 at 16:27:45
Les @ 8, being replaced by a guy called ' Oliver' !

What happens if he asks for "more" ?

On a more serious note, I too have always liked Roy, even though he has often been the butt of my jokes, re speech impediment. He is one of the few ' gentlemen ' of the (cruel modern) game, and I sincerely wish him a speedy recovery.

Hope also when we batter them on Monday, it doesn't exacerbate his illness. Glad to see the Duke may be back in contention.

Jay Harris
11 Posted 15/02/2024 at 16:40:37
It will be good to get Doucouré and Onana back for this one and a much-needed 3 points.

Hopefully Olise and Ese are still unavailable.

Billy Shears
12 Posted 15/02/2024 at 19:51:03
Certainly good news about the Doucouré returning as we've definitely missed his major influence on the team, we have now three massive winnable games coming up and, if other results go our way, we could easily escape our current position.

It won't be an easy game nor pretty but I believe we'll do enough to bag all 3 points on the night... 2-1 Blues.

Jerome Shields
13 Posted 15/02/2024 at 20:52:49
Peter Mills
14 Posted 15/02/2024 at 21:14:09
Roy Hodgson always comes across as a decent, wise man - best wishes to him.
Paul Kossoff
15 Posted 15/02/2024 at 00:01:53
I like Roy. He was treated despicably by the Red Shite a few years back.

He attended a match at Anfield and was promised a seat in the executive lounge, Roy was told his seat wasn't available and who was the seat given to? Mr pig eyed, no particular skill set, luckiest man on the planet James pineapple Corden.

Roy sat on a chair in the hall until someone told him they would find a seat for him. "No thanks," Roy said, "I'll just sit here."

Disgraceful from his ex-employers. Mind you. look how they treated Bill Shankly.

Kieran Kinsella
16 Posted 16/02/2024 at 02:36:32
Great news on Doucouré. Can't return soon enough. Surprised so few have commented on this thread and that even fewer have commented on Doucouré.

That being said, can't disagree with anyone on Roy. He seems like an old-fashioned English gent. Whatever RS fans may think, I had a mate who was high up in Uefa licensing and he reckoned other top-level coaches regarded Roy as a genius.

Obviously it's easy to say “Iceland,” to try and discredit the guy but if you look at his overall record of getting more out of less he's kind of the high-end version of Moyes, he isn't so bad himself. I hope he recovers, I wish him well but selfishly I'm glad he won't be in charge of Palace when we play them.

Laurie Hartley
17 Posted 16/02/2024 at 07:31:28
Doucoure is first name on the team sheet for my money. We miss him greatly. I will be interested to see who makes way for him.

One thing is, for sure, we need 3 points from this one so “somebody” has to score at least one goal.

Jim Bennings
18 Posted 16/02/2024 at 08:02:27
Agreed on the two sentiments above.

Doucoure is much missed, he's the only player in midfield we have capable of scoring goals regularly.

Roy is a decent fella who has been used as a fall guy for a Palace team that has lost the best of its talent in the last few years and likely to do so with Eze again this summer.

They won't go down, that's some testament to Roy Hodgson.

Tom Bowers
19 Posted 16/02/2024 at 21:51:32
This Palace game is a biggie. Yes, I know all the remaining games are biggies but this comes at a time when Everton can really turn the corner.

Palace have problems with selection and management (sadly) and Everton could have Doucouré and Onana back.

Also, Brentford play Liverpool and Luton have to play both Liverpool and Man Utd over the next few days.

It's becoming a real dogfight and Everton have to take the bull by the horns – starting with the Palace game. Screw that one up plus getting nothing back from the league could signify a bad run in to the end of the season.

Steve Griffiths
20 Posted 17/02/2024 at 00:16:36
The manager has a big call to make on Monday, with respect to his midfield 3. Does he bring Doucoure & Onana back for Gana & Young?

Despite both Gana & Young doing reasonably well in the last couple of games, it's a yes from me. As I think he sees the 3 of Doucoure, Garner & Onana as his first choice. Gana, in particular will feel unlucky.

Laurie Hartley
21 Posted 17/02/2024 at 05:46:45

The way Gueye is playing, I would start him before Onana. Maybe bring Onana on if Gueye gets booked.

Danny O’Neill
22 Posted 17/02/2024 at 06:51:45
If Doucoure is fit play him. Play him in a forward midfield position. Even though he'll ignore instructions and run all over the pitch!! The manager and coaches will make the call, I just hope he is fit.

On Roy Hodgson, he is a humble and respected figure in the game. I wish him well. Quite unique and ahead of his time as he spent a lot of time on the continent building his coaching career. Not many English coaches do that. I can only think of Terry Venables, but that was a very different situation.

Anyway, let's get Doucoure back on the pitch and scoring goals.

Danny O’Neill
23 Posted 17/02/2024 at 09:02:54
I rarely do team predictions. That's the manager's job.

The back four almost picks itself. Maybe a question over Seamus or Patterson.

Midfield? Onana, Garner and Idrissa.

Doucoure up alongside the forward.

Either way, just put the shift in just as those supporters will from the stands. Don't let them down. They deserve better.

Steve Wissett
24 Posted 17/02/2024 at 09:26:57
One of the local National League clubs is raising money by way of an Auction for one of their player's wives who is ill. Everton have donated a couple of items if anyone is interested.


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