Keane hospitalised with infected leg

Monday 30 October 2017  35 Comments  [Jump to last]

Michael Keane missed yesterday's defeat at Leicester after developing an infection in the foot that was cut open five weeks ago.

The defender, a £30m acquisition from Burnley over the summer, didn't travel with the Everton squad to the King Power Stadium and caretaker manager David Unsworth explained after the game that Keane had to be hospitalised to treat the problem.

Keane suffered a gash to his foot in the League Cup Third Round win over Sunderland on 20th September and missed the next two games but returned to face his old club at the start of the month.

He has battled to keep the wound closed, however, and it became infected, spreading up his leg and requiring more intensive treatment.

Keane will be discharged from hospital today but it is unclear when he will be ready to play again.

The 24-year-old was joined on the injured list again by James McCarthy who has sustained what Unsworth describes as a “slight” hamstring strain. He is scheduled to be out for a couple of weeks but may be forced to miss Ireland's upcoming World Cup qualifying playoff game.

The situation around Nikola Vlasic is less clear, however. The Croatian missed the midweek cup trip to Chelsea after being stamped on his foot during the defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League the Sunday before.

It was assumed that his failure to travel with the team to Leicester was because he was still carrying the knock despite a scan turning up no damage but his sister, Blanka, insisted on Twitter that her brother was fully fit and available but wasn't selected.

Furthermore, if a quote supposedly attributed to him in Hrvatske Novine in Croatia is true, he might not be settled with the Blues just weeks after signing from Hajduk Split for £10m.

“The move has been positive but my agent will sit with me before January and see where we stand,” the 19-year-old is supposed to have said.

Vlasic was one of the best performers under Ronald Koeman before the Dutchman's sacking and it was assumed that he would be an important member of the team this season as Everton attempt to drag themselves out of trouble at the bottom of the table.


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Stephen Smith
1 Posted 30/10/2017 at 06:54:27
The events at Goodison and down on the Farm get more Ridiculous with each passing second. Words have not yet been invented to properly describe it.
Lewis Barclay
2 Posted 30/10/2017 at 07:06:33
Vlasic sounds like he wants to jump from a sinking ship!
Phil Sammon
3 Posted 30/10/2017 at 07:21:29
Disappointing on both counts. Vlasic has been one of our better players so far. I find it hard to believe that he’s throwing his toys out the park though. From everything I’ve read, he seems an exceptionally driven individual.

Keane has been a let down for me. I was pleased with the signing but he’s not really impressed in a Blue shirt. Hopefully he gets fit and comes good because heaven knows what has happened to Ashley Williams over the last 6 months.

Hard times being an Everton fan!

Steve Ferns
4 Posted 30/10/2017 at 09:37:06
Let's get it right, Vlasic has been erratic. He is capable of sublime moments. Some fantastic dribbles, but he switches off, and when he does it has lead to goals. He needs to learn.

If I was picking a team that had to be relied on to win me a game, I don't think he'd be in my first XI. However, if we pulled up the table and we were winning games, I would start picking him. Right now, when the pressure is cranked up to max, we need error-prone players off the pitch.

That said, there's nothing we can do about the back 4.

Eddie Dunn
5 Posted 30/10/2017 at 10:01:50
Steve, the trouble is we have error-prone players everywhere we look from old heads like Rooney to young guns like Davies. At least Vlasic is capable of creating something.
Kim Vivian
6 Posted 30/10/2017 at 10:11:15
Bit odd this with Nik. Maybe he is not too happy about Koeman leaving after he got him in.

I thought he was sending out good vibes just recently about being with us. It must be a bit disappointing though to find oneself stuck in the middle of this mess but I am surprised at this if it's as it sounds. I was surprised not to see him in the squad for Leicester so it will be interesting to see if he is selected on Thursday.

He seemed like a bit of a panic buy when we got him and I was pretty sceptical at the time but have been pleasantly surprised since, and thought he could become a key figure us.

Steve Ferns
7 Posted 30/10/2017 at 10:16:38
That's correct Eddie, but if you were in charge wouldn't you go for what you know and what you trust right now?

If you wanted to play two wingers, then that is Mirallas and Lennon. It's then one of Vlasic or Lookman, and he went with the lad he knows best. Lookman would probably have got on 2nd half but for Unsworth ditching the wingers.

Bobby Mallon
8 Posted 30/10/2017 at 11:38:56
Steve Ferns, he made a mistake for one goal – just like Williams, Schneiderlin, Holgate, Kenny, Baines, Davis – the list goes on. He is better as a winger than Lennon and Mirallas.
Ray Roche
9 Posted 30/10/2017 at 12:05:07
Bobby, people forget he's 19. There are some still making the point that Barkley is still a young lad. Vlasic is a, potentially, great talent and should be in the team or at least on the bench. One mistake and he's "crap".
Christy Ring
10 Posted 30/10/2017 at 12:35:13
Steve @4 Totally agree, Vlasic can be brilliant, but as we have seen, totally switches off. He's a skilful lad, who can play upfront/wing, I'd like to see him given a chance at 9, against Lyon, what have we got to lose?
Steven Astley
11 Posted 30/10/2017 at 13:16:11
I'm in the minority it seems. Along with Unsworth and John Ebbrell.
Sam Hoare
12 Posted 30/10/2017 at 13:23:42
I really like Vlasic but think Steve Ferns has a point. Unsworth is trying to make us more solid and opting for players who have the experience (like Rooney and Lennon) who are less likely to make a goal-conceding mistake.

The trouble is that at the moment the senior pros are not really playing any better than the young guns. In fact Rooney gives the ball away more than most.

I actually think Lennon did okay vs Leicester and in 45 minutes he should have had 2 assists, were it not for a bad decision by the ref and a bad airshot by Calvert-Lewin. At least he runs in behind.

Tom Bowers
13 Posted 30/10/2017 at 13:29:52
As if things weren't bad enough. I wondered why Macca didn't play on Sunday. His tackling is missed as the other two and Schneiderlin do not have his tenacity.

Keane out is also a blow because they now have to go with two aging centre backs and Baines all past their prime. This is fast becoming Aniss Horribilus.

Brian Harrison
14 Posted 30/10/2017 at 13:39:35

Sadly McCarthy has tweaked his hamstring again, it is suggested he will be out for a further 2 weeks. Thats why he didn't travel to Leicester.

Simon Dalzell
15 Posted 30/10/2017 at 14:04:43
Vlasic was fit to play? Appalling decision to leave him out altogether. We need a manager and fast!
James Marshall
16 Posted 30/10/2017 at 14:58:37
Macca is the 21st century Darren Anderton.
John Byrne
17 Posted 30/10/2017 at 15:30:11
It's just constant bad news at the moment. Biggest problem for us is obvious. We never replaced Lukaku with someone even half as good and unfortunately we can't sign a centre forward till January. Calvert-Lewin not good enough and it's unfair to expect him to step in and fill the void on his own because he's still quite young.

Don't know what's going on with Sandro. Had high hopes for him and although I love Niasse's attitude his ability leaves a lot to be desired. Bearing all this in mind we need to make ourselves hard to beat. Clean sheets need to be the priority and hope we might nick the odd 1-0 until we can get a striker (or 2) in in January. Because we have nothing up front it's putting the whole team under pressure because we have are on the back foot all the time.

When Joe Royle came in in 94 a few eyebrows were raised when he picked a midfield full of tough tackling midfielders & sacrificed flair players like Limpar (at least till we starting winning games and climbing the league.) At the moment we're too soft and need to get teams dreading playing against us.

Put Besic in midfield with Gueye and young Beni, rattle a few feathers and playing a pressing game & take a bit of pressure off our back 4. Add McCarthy to that if and when he's fit. Come January see where we're at, sign a couple of strikers and whatever else we might need. Bring back Onyekuru and Dowell if possible.
Steven Astley
18 Posted 30/10/2017 at 15:42:29
Sam Hoare (#12) – Could you imagine Vlasic doing even half of the things that Lennon did in the first half against Leicester? (rhetorical question)
Chris Gould
19 Posted 30/10/2017 at 16:53:49
Steven, you seem to have a real issue with Vlasic. You previously slated him on the live forum and now any thread you get the chance. I fail to see how a 19-year-old kid who has played a handful of games could have offended you so much.

Vlasic is a talent and the only player who has managed to get me mildly excited this season. No other player looks likely to beat a man or make something happen.

He was at fault for one goal in a game where we were useless all over the park and going to lose anyway. He has been our 2nd best summer buy behind Pickford. Save the slating for the many that deserve it. How he doesn't even make Unsworth's bench is beyond me.

Fran Mitchell
21 Posted 30/10/2017 at 18:14:38
Vlasic looks talented, yet when the team as a whole is so bereft of confidence, he isn't ideal.

He Will try to make cute passes and Nice dribbles, but It Will mostly come to nothing because of the team. Eventually he Will try a cute pass and mess it up as he is 19, and us being so poor, It will result in a goal.

But, It Will be the likes of Vlasic, Barkley, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, and Davies who Will drag us out of this malaise.

Get Tuchel in. He Will use and improve these young lads.

Will Mabon
22 Posted 30/10/2017 at 18:59:21
Tom, you're right, it's all a horrible anus.
Geoff Lambert
23 Posted 30/10/2017 at 19:26:27
Chris (#19),

You are not alone in noticing this!! Very strange indeed, Maybe Steven is a Serbian
Steven Astley
25 Posted 30/10/2017 at 23:45:22
I'd fancy Unsworth's chances of looking more likely to beat a man than Vlasic, Chris.

Seriously, what are you all watching? Does someone have a clip of him beating a man? Or looking likely to? I must have missed that.

It's the same with Calvert-Lewin too. He cannot win a header, poor first touch, struggles to bring a ball down and I don't get why people keep saying he has bags of pace. He doesn't. Ask yourself this, would you prefer Calvert-Lewin or Anichebe from 6-7 years ago? There's not much in it and that's says a lot.

Age shouldn't matter, if you are selected in that 11, you need to be good enough in my opinion and be able to perform.

They are not the answer, not at the moment.

We need a fit James McCarthy and to persist with Lennon, Mirallas and Lookman on the sides of midfield and give Niasse and Sandro a run of games together.

Fran Mitchell
26 Posted 31/10/2017 at 00:23:36
Steve, I have seeb hum beat a man with skill and look neat and tidy. Also seen him give the ball away.

But your agenda seems odd.

The fact is everyone has been poor, hence the position. But the 19.and 20 year olds who have started few and made some sub appearances, out of position and with little to work with are not outros problem and shouldnt be the focus of criticism.

Bill Gienapp
27 Posted 31/10/2017 at 00:37:07
Put Keane in a consistent, functional defense and I think you'll see a significant upswing in form. So far this season he's been jostled between a back four and a back five, paired with Williams, paired with Jagielka, paired with Holgate, in addition to Holgate, Martina and Kenny all being rotated in at right back. It's no wonder he's looked unsettled.
Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 31/10/2017 at 00:55:49
I'm a bit surprised that nobody seems to be saying the obvious here that Keane's less-than-stellar form is likely a result of playing with this damaged foot for five weeks. He has taken a lot of stick that turns out to be somewhat unjustified. I still rate him highly and hope this infection clears up quickly (they can take weeks), because the last thing we need right now is a depleted backline.

Fran #21, Tuchel is an extraordinary developer of young players (Weigl, Pulisic and Dembele at Dortmund) and he'd be ideal with our youngsters. He's tactically brilliant, which we need. But he's also reputed to be an arrogant prick, as cold and distant as Koeman, and has a history of difficult relations with ownership, players and fans. He lost the locker room at Dortmund even while winning the Cup. Anybody who wants a heart-on-the-sleeve type of manager will find Tuchel distasteful.

Steven #25, you've missed a half-dozen lovely Vlasic moves. (Sorry I can't send you clips off my DVR.) In fact, he's the best we have at beating people off the dribble, except perhaps Lookman. And yes, I've seen him do some of the same things Lennon did Saturday. He's young and inconsistent, but the talent is obviously there. However, your agenda is already well established.

Dennis Ng
29 Posted 31/10/2017 at 01:22:35
Mike 28, I read something along those lines about Tuchel. I agree that might be a problem but a much smaller problem than what we have now. Perhaps we can get him a therapist so he can open up more as manager? LOL

Among the other names mentioned, only Ancelotti and Howe interest me, though Ancelotti will be a short term fix while Howe has been underwhelming this year.

Kieran Fitzgerald
30 Posted 31/10/2017 at 07:26:50
How does a player at a top flight club manage to get an infection in a cut in this day and age? They're molly coddled to within an inch of their lives.

I was told recently that it costs sixty quid a day in food for Kevin De Bruyne. When the dietician at another club can spend that much on one player, why can't Everton have capable medical staff?

Oh wait, it's Everton.

Rick Tarleton
31 Posted 31/10/2017 at 14:08:09
Keane , if part of a two centre back partnership with someone like Mee would solve our central defence problems.However, then we need a fully-fit Coleman, possibly Garbutt, Davies, Vlasic , Lookman, Niasse or someone better. An interested and involved number 10, Barkley perhaps, or if Sigurdsson thinks he could bebothered to play for a club that paid almost £50 million for him.
Oh, I forgot we also need a manager who can organise and motivate an under-performing bunch of relegation material players into a team.
There you are, all solved.
Mike Gaynes
32 Posted 31/10/2017 at 16:27:27
Kieran #30, infections happen. Doesn't have anything to do with how much money is spent on medical staff. Ascensio missed Real Madrid's CL opener with an infected hair follicle from shaving his legs -- ridiculous (and hilarious) but not uncommon. NFL players here in the states have been knocked out by staph infections even though the teams spend beacoup bucks on medical resources.
Geoff Evans
33 Posted 31/10/2017 at 18:54:04
Beginning to think this club is cursed. No, I'm not joking!
Nigel Munford
34 Posted 31/10/2017 at 21:48:05
Agree with Mike, infections happen, my wife had sepsis last November when we had a harmless trip to London, apparently it could have killed her, 5 days in hospital and a month recovering.
Lee Brownlie
35 Posted 01/11/2017 at 13:57:22
Nikky Vlasic think he's got some 'Get Out Quick' clause in his contract, just in case, well.. what has happened (that we're doing sh*!).. happens? You know what they say about sinking ships and rats! And just ask Joe Pesci what happens to rats!!!
Jim Hardin
36 Posted 01/11/2017 at 20:30:52

That is true of Keane. He is good within the box where space is compressed and on defending set pieces. He is slow laterally and cannot turn and is easily exposed outside the 18. Mee, Lowton, and Heaton covered for a lot of his errors. That said, he is still a good back and if paired with someone more mobile who can get outside the 18, like Funes Mori, he should prove himself to be a long term regular for Everton.

Steve Ferns
37 Posted 01/11/2017 at 20:59:42
Interesting comments Jim, I cannot disagree with what you say, and bow to your superior knowledge of Burnley last season, I couldn't be bothered to watch them beyond match of the day.

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