Sigurdsson still a doubt to play again this season

Friday 13 April 2018  9 Comments  [Jump to last]

Sam Allardyce says that it remains to be seen whether Gylfi Sigurdsson will play again in the Premier League this season as he recovers from a knee injury.

The remainder of the Iceland international's season, together with his participation at this summer's World Cup, were thrown into doubt last month when he damaged the joint in his right knee but he appears to be on target to be fit for his country's trip to Russia.

He might not play any part in Everton's increasingly meaningless run-in, however, which,. if true, will likely go down well in Reykjavik where the Icelandic FA is no doubt drawing up plans for their first World Cup Finals.

"It'll be touch and go whether he'll get a game before the end of the season," Allardyce said of Sigurdsson during his press conference today after expressing a degree of frustration at the number of longer-term injuries that have affected his squad this season.

The manager is still without James McCarthy, who suffered a broken leg against West Bromwich Albion in January, Eliaquim Mangala, who is now back in the gym strengthening his knee following surgery in February, and Mason Holgate who also required an operation on his ankle.

"Obviously all these players can be missed at certain stages of the season but you wouldn't expect them to be out as long as they've been out.

"Losing players at the back half of this season is not something you would want to have to deal with but we have to and we're dealing with it very well at the moment.

Allardyce explained that Idrissa Gueye, who only started last week's Merseyside derby on the bench, is fit to play, as is Phil Jagielka who suffered what the manager described as "a reaction" but trained as normal yesterday.  

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Bill Gienapp
1 Posted 13/04/2018 at 20:39:33
Zero reason for him to play again this season. But watch Sam rush him back as part of some misguided bid to save his job and aggravate the injury.
Dave Horne
2 Posted 13/04/2018 at 23:00:04
"Zero reason for him to play again this season."

We do pay his wages, Bill, not Iceland, and as a season ticket holder I would very much like to see him playing again this season. That is reason enough?

Bill Gienapp
3 Posted 13/04/2018 at 23:33:30
I'd like to see him play again too, but I'd much rather see him fully fit and ready to go next season. If there's even the slightest doubt about his fitness, it would be foolish to chance it – IMO.
William Cartwright
4 Posted 14/04/2018 at 08:42:02
Bill; you are absolutely correct.

Dave: I feel your pain – especially as we are still paying Koeman's wages...!

John Fieldstead
5 Posted 15/04/2018 at 00:33:12
Stay away, Gylfi. Just blag you have got a cold or something else which will keep you out till you meet up with Iceland for the World Cup.

Big Sam will ruin you.

Justin Doone
6 Posted 15/04/2018 at 05:27:27
I just hope he comes back a better player next season. If that means resting, recouping and then rediscovering his mojo at the World Cup, so be it.

Other players need to step up. I'd like to see Vlasic at No 10 and even give Klaassen a few games in a midfield 3.

Rotate Klaassen with Rooney, the only two players capable of playing accurate 50-yard passes forward now we have some genuine pace in the side with Vlasic, Walcott, and Calvert-Lewin.

Even headless chickens, Niasse and Bolasie, are willing runners.

Sean Chen
7 Posted 15/04/2018 at 22:54:16
I am being selfish here, but I hope that Glyfi does not come back till next season. Given our luck with major injuries at Everton, I could see Glyfi suffering another injury if he is rushed back for either the end of the season or for the World Cup. Regardless, if you are somehow reading this Gylfi, I hope you are healing fast and that you are healing well.
Hari Singh
8 Posted 16/04/2018 at 09:58:14
Rooney should be playing as a No 10. Please don't forget that, just a couple of months back, Allardyce stated that Rooney and Sigurdsson can't be playing together.

He had not scored since he shifted to holding midfield, what a waste of talent. I still believe Rooney is capable of scoring many more goals.

Gylfi is injured and Rooney should have taken his spot instantly. Simple, right?

Keith Monaghan
9 Posted 16/04/2018 at 10:11:01
Our aim with Sigurdsson, our most creative player this season, should be to maximise his prospects of being fully fit for pre-season and next season.

Hari @ 8 – with all due respect, you must be living on fantasy island with your views of Rooney; he's certainly not good enough, owing to his body abuse resulting in lack of fitness and pace, to be a good Premier League player. Rooney's been a major problem for us all season. Bill Kenwright's love of him causing other players to be played out of position in order to try and fit him in the team.

The Rooney you talk about is the one of about 6 years ago! Just compare his contribution to that of the very similarly aged David Silva. Rooney's days as a top Premier League player were behind him 3 years ago, as loads of Man Utd supporters would tell you.

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