David Unsworth has provided a positive report on almost all of Everton's long-term injured players, confirming that Tom Davies will be fit again for this weekend's match against Crystal Palace.
The midfielder was forced to pull out of the England U21 squad over the international break but is available again for the Blues as the Premier League programme resumes.
Unsworth was asked about the injury situation during his pre-match press conference at Finch Farm this morning and he gave updates on all but Ramiro Funes Mori and Shani Tarashaj, both of whom underwent corrective knee surgeries over the summer.
“[It's] as we were,” Unsworth explained. “Ross is back in the gym and I saw him running the other day in the gym. So he's coming along nicely.
“Seamus was away with Ireland and he did some work over there so Seamus is progressing nicely as well.
“Yannick has started training. He's had a couple sessions with our Under-23s group, which is great. We've introduced the ball with him now with players around him so that's great.
“He's champing at the bit so we've just got to be controlled with that after he's been out for such a long time with such a serious injury.
“So, yeah, as we were but all progressing nicely.”
The caretaker manager was also asked about James McCarthy and Tom Davies, two players who suffered minor hamstring strains recently.
“James is coming along nicely as well,” Unsworth contined. “He won't be available for the weekend but Tom is fine after the scan and there was nothing there so Tom's available for the trip to Palace.”
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1 Posted 17/11/2017 at 16:09:34
This made me smile though:
"He's had a couple sessions with our Under-23s group, which is great. We've introduced the ball with him now with players around him so that's great."
It's a bit like: "I've had loads of driving lessons, and next week we'll actually be starting the car."
2 Posted 17/11/2017 at 16:11:57
3 Posted 17/11/2017 at 16:44:14
4 Posted 17/11/2017 at 16:53:49
5 Posted 17/11/2017 at 17:07:50
6 Posted 17/11/2017 at 17:23:57
They will refresh the squad just in time for Christmas, we need them back and firing on all cylinders.
7 Posted 17/11/2017 at 17:28:51
Pickford, Kenny, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Davies, Baningime (still eligible I think), Lennon, Lookman, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin.
Of course Holgate as well.
It's been a while since 11 English players started a Premier League match, I bet.
8 Posted 17/11/2017 at 17:32:57
I have honestly put the long term injured to the back of my mind. I really cannot see them getting up to speed until late in the season.
I also worry their return may have the board feeling the January window isn't as important with the squad looking healthier and they won't consider how long these players will need to get back to their best. If that's even possible in Coleman's and Bolasie's cases?
John (post 7), that would be great to see. Good shout mate. It's not the worst side we could put out either.
9 Posted 17/11/2017 at 17:33:11
10 Posted 17/11/2017 at 17:43:57
11 Posted 17/11/2017 at 17:46:43
12 Posted 17/11/2017 at 17:50:01
13 Posted 17/11/2017 at 18:02:18
Funes Mori is an interesting one. Almost universally slated when he was getting a game but we miss him now. I remember how the RS used to slate Ronnie Whelan. He then got a long-term injury and the gobshites would tell you how much better they would be when Ronnie was back in the team.
I have always thought Ramiro will come good and feared that when he does he'll be off to a "bigger club".
It's funny how injured players become better or more important when their replacements are shite.
14 Posted 17/11/2017 at 18:15:46
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17 Posted 17/11/2017 at 18:26:09
18 Posted 17/11/2017 at 18:28:30
19 Posted 17/11/2017 at 18:35:18
I have no real idea what his tactics are or will be but further improvement in passion and effort would be good... and a record financial penalty for every time Baines cuts back!
20 Posted 17/11/2017 at 20:08:49
21 Posted 17/11/2017 at 20:11:29
I was under the impression that he had been at Grinch Farm, for his treatment and rehab, not Desert Island Discs. :-)
22 Posted 17/11/2017 at 20:31:06
24 Posted 17/11/2017 at 21:35:42
Tomorrow we need one big positive namely, 3 points.
25 Posted 17/11/2017 at 21:57:11
Barkley has had more than enough chances to develop.
Hopefully Coleman will get back to his best, he's sorely missed.
Bolasie never got going but I'm looking forward to seeing him add a bit of speed and flair to the attack, hope he's learnt how to cross.
Funes Mori is marginally better for the heart than Williams.
26 Posted 17/11/2017 at 23:04:21
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28 Posted 18/11/2017 at 00:42:38
And he seems desperate to leave the club. All very strange.
29 Posted 18/11/2017 at 02:03:20
Whatever his skills as a goal-scoring/providing midfielder, and at best they're fleeting, and by now fairly historic, some of us now contend him as the answer to our forward line!
As if! By way of consistent performance he's known up and down the land as "frit" and is therefore the opponent of choice for any defence in the league.
By that logic let's reintegrate McCarthy back into the first team by sticking him in the nets for a month or two. After all, what harm could it do?
31 Posted 18/11/2017 at 03:05:31
Secondly, I think we're missing him more than anyone else that's out. That's not through a blue tinted memory of his consistency, but he provided far more than anyone else has so far this season despite his maddening mistakes.
If I was an opposition midfielder or defender, he's the player in the Everton squad I'd least like to play against. He might not exactly give you a hard time for 90 minutes but he can make things happen when his moment comes.
Would I play him when he comes back? Absolutely. I wouldn't be basing a team around him but he's a worthy member of the team if he's fit and we're paying his wages.
32 Posted 18/11/2017 at 03:34:10
His "mysterious" injuries must be the most reported upon injuries we have suffered for a decade
33 Posted 18/11/2017 at 07:27:59
I have to say, Chris, I've never seen anything to show him as "desperate" to leave the club. The one reported chance he did have, to go to Chelsea, was seemingly rejected.
Whilst there's been no news of him staying since Koeman went, speculation of him leaving seems to have died down for now.
34 Posted 18/11/2017 at 08:09:10
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36 Posted 18/11/2017 at 09:40:12
So... never a peep out of any of you now eh? Brilliant performances for England... and Man City is he fulfilling his potential? Sometimes the player needs quality around him to excel.
You could slot any name into the frame, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Barkley... what we need is someone to get the best out of then, not kick the crap out of them on here, they get that from incompetent managers. On their day, in the right position, with the right set-up, they do the business. That's why we have a manager, that's why we have several No 10s; we had a crap manager.
Trouble is, as the saying goes, it's hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys...
37 Posted 18/11/2017 at 09:52:19
James McCarthy played a month ago at Chelsea in the League Cup and played quite well.
He could do a job at right back given the plethora of options in the middle or could play in a pair of box-to-boxers with Tom Davies.
38 Posted 18/11/2017 at 11:50:09
Same could be said for Fumes Mori. Bolasie even Besic etc who have all spent more time injured at the club than playing. Martinez created his injury problems through playing him when he was injured. I think he would be a far better option than Sneids or Gana.
39 Posted 18/11/2017 at 14:51:28
John Stones left because he wanted to play for an ambitious club with much better players.
Two Seasons on of course he is a better player but it helps being surrounded by better players and at a club who have ambitions.
Basically, a John Stones or a Lukaku will always look to leave us because we simply do not have the ambitions as a club to match their own.
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