Digne returns to Finch Farm because of injury

Sunday, 24 March, 2019 23comments  |  Jump to last
Lucas Digne has had to withdraw from the France squad after picking up an injury in training.

The left back had been preparing for a meeting with his Everton team-mate, Gylfi Sigurdsson, when Les Bleus take on Iceland in Euro2020 qualifying tomorrow but a thigh problem means that he will return to Merseyside in a bid to be fit for the next Premier League game against West Ham United on Saturday.


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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 24/03/2019 at 15:36:40
Ah, too bad for the lad. Always on the fringes of the national team but hardly ever getting a chance to play. One appearance in the 2014 WC, never off the bench at Euro '16, barely missed the roster for the '18 WC, and now missing out on a friendly. Overall, only 23 appearances in five years. Must be frustrating.

No worries if he has to miss a game or two for us, however. The eminent Mr. Baines is the best deputy anybody could wish for.

Derek Knox
2 Posted 24/03/2019 at 16:44:03
I am ambivalent on this one, of course I feel for the lad, and like Mike said he has been on the fringes of the National squad for some time, but it irks me when International Breaks again claim one of our better players.

Having said that, Baines is a more than adequate candidate to fill in should, as is probable, Digne misses the game against the Hammers. My only reservation is will Leighton, having not played a full game for some time, last the full ninety?

Shane Corcoran
3 Posted 24/03/2019 at 17:14:08
Derek, he was injured in training, it could've happened at Finch Farm.

This is and always be the way of it. International football exists and players want to play. it happens all clubs so best if people just pretend he bumped his head getting out of bed if the truth bothers them.

Derek Knox
4 Posted 24/03/2019 at 17:45:48
Shane, you are right of course, but just when we were on the cusp of a run of two games, playing better and undefeated! :-)
Tony Hill
5 Posted 24/03/2019 at 18:00:39
Digne has been a fantastic buy, not only for his obvious talent but also for his graceful behaviour. When asked early on in the season about replacing Baines, he found words which made it clear that he honoured Baines and was learning from him.

I have no doubt that Baines has shown the same grace in return. Leighton has some form against West Ham at their place; those two stupendous free kicks have lodged in the memory.

Wonderful to have two fine left-backs and two fine men playing for us.

Joe McMahon
6 Posted 24/03/2019 at 19:05:33
Derek @2. Leighton Baines has been on a downward spiral for the past 4 years. He doesn't get forward the same, he doesn't stop crosses and turns his back on shots. His best days as we know we’re with Steven Pienaar. Opposition managers target the left side if he's playing.
Mike Connolly
7 Posted 24/03/2019 at 20:41:48
I'm taking a positive out of this. Baines can at lease take a good penalty should we get one against the hammers
Jack Convery
8 Posted 24/03/2019 at 20:59:34
Mike, well said!! The reports of EFC tracking other full backs is worrying if true. Will Digne be the big sacrifice to give us the dosh for the summer? I hope not.
Jay Harris
9 Posted 24/03/2019 at 21:07:02
Jack, those rumours emanate from The Sun — enough said.

Leighton will do just fine as long as he remains injury-free.

Jerome Shields
10 Posted 25/03/2019 at 00:09:53
As least we have a rested Leighton to take his place.
Derek Thomas
11 Posted 25/03/2019 at 00:32:13
Joe @ 6; While they're targeting the left, they're not targeting the right. They can't target everybody, all our perceived weaknesses. Lets just play our own game. W. Ham are no mugs, but we should be able, all things being equal, to see them off.
Eddie Dunn
12 Posted 25/03/2019 at 07:52:19
Well if Baines does play I hope he can repeat his heroics of a few years ago at the Boleyn ground with free kicks in each top corner. I was lucky enough to see it and can't think of a more exciting away game. Louis Saha was in the crowd a few rows away .happy days.
Derek Knox
13 Posted 25/03/2019 at 09:45:36
Eddie, yes I remember that too, but I still think Sheedy's free kicks against Ipswich eclipsed that, I think it was, at the Park End. The ref awarded us a free kick just off centre, Sheedy took the kick and dispatched an absolute pearler to the Goalie's right.

As everyone was starting to celebrate, the ref (they are always good to us :-)) blew his whistle, indicating that Sheeds had taken it too quickly. So he calmly set the ball back on the designated spot, waited for the ref to blow, and put an equally brilliant shot into the opposite corner, leaving the goalie totally flummoxed.

Chris Jones (Burton on Trent)
14 Posted 25/03/2019 at 10:53:46
Derek #13. Yes indeed. The finest display of composure and consummate skill I've ever seen in a free-kick taker. And yes, it was at the Park End. I had a great view of it all from my seat in the Upper Gwladys Street. Oh happy day!

As I recall, it was an FA Cup match (Q-final?) and Sheeds opened the scoring. But it took a late header from Derek Mountfield to square the match at 2:2 for a replay (which we won) but the excitement was all too much for poor Harry Catterick who died of a heart attack at the match, around the final whistle.

P.S. You're not Derek (Knox) Mountfield are you by any chance?

Kevin Molloy
15 Posted 25/03/2019 at 11:01:59
The arrogance of Kevin Sheedy was probably the most breathtaking characteristic of that team. When he was a kid playing in Liverpool reserves, the mad bastard put the ball through Souness's legs making him look stupid in front of the whole squad. I mean, who the fuck would do that now, let alone at the peak of his powers. Astonishingly, Souness smiled and congratulated him.

Sheedy then did the same thing again, five minutes later, whereupon Souness punched him in the face.

John McFarlane Snr
16 Posted 25/03/2019 at 11:13:26
Hi Derek [13]

Kevin Sheedy's twice taken free-kick was indeed at the Park End, my seat in those days was in the Upper Bullens road stand, and I had a perfect view of proceedings. If my memory serves me right the Everton equaliser was the result of two defenders combining, (Pat Van Hauwe) providing the cross for (Derek Mountfield) to fire home. You will also recall that Harry Catterick collapsed and died at the final whistle.

I think that your proposed 'ToffeeWeb' get-together is gaining support, and I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't attended the two previous gatherings (an opportunity to put faces to names and to make new friends), I hope to hear from you soon Derek, I find talking much easier than writing.

James Hughes
18 Posted 25/03/2019 at 16:51:49
At least he is our player.

As for Zouma don't think we will sign him. Reports are that Chavs are refusing to sell any players, whilst their (transfer) ban is in place.

Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 25/03/2019 at 18:04:26
John Sr. #16, hope you are doing well, sir.

Derek #13 and Chris #14, did you know that was the moment that turned me into an Everton fan?

We got to see few English games in the States back in the '80s -- a weekly league game usually featuring Liverpool, ManUtd, Arsenal or one of the other London clubs, plus a few odd FA Cup matches. I'd been watching for years, hoping to find a club to support while mourning my recently defunct Chicago Sting. And Everton, despite their success in that era, were almost never shown.

But on that day, there they were in the same elegant shade of blue as my beloved Chicago Cubs baseball team. And there was Sheedy in his perfect hair and short shorts, drawing the keeper's handball with that swerving ball and then calmly, insolently delivering two perfect free kicks. It happened only a few days after I had done almost the same thing with two penalty kicks in a tournament game, taking the first one too soon and then blasting the second into the same top corner. And it was obviously fate.

Instantly, Sheeds was my player and Everton was my club.

And 32 years later, thanks to Kev Johnson I got to walk onto the pitch and tuck a penalty into the same Park End goal, same corner as Sheedy's second. One of the greatest moments of my life.

Derek Knox
20 Posted 25/03/2019 at 18:29:14
Chris @14, no relation unfortunately, I had forgotten till you reminded me about Harry Catterick!

Kevin @15, had not heard that story about Sheedy with Souness, but it doesn't surprise me one bit.

John @16, thanks for your post, and it's great to see you back on TW again, I will give you a call, probably tomorrow.

Slightly digressing, but watching the Turkey v Moldova match, and Cenk Tosun has scored twice, so he has got it in him, but still don't think he is suited to the Prem, or possibly the way we play. It may help boost any future sale, which I have heard could happen in the summer. I do like the lad and his attitude, so wish him all the best should he move on.

Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 25/03/2019 at 21:02:58
Anybody watching France/Iceland? How's Sigurdsson doing?

Two for Barkley today.

Derek Knox
22 Posted 26/03/2019 at 01:42:20
Mike G, I suppose he did as well as expected with some decent touches, but lowly Iceland were up against a Class Act in France which was eventually reflected by the scoreline.

They did reasonably well in the first half, keeping the score down to one against them, and actually matching France with 2 shots on goal. The hopefully anticipated Giant killing was never to be though.

Sam Hoare
23 Posted 26/03/2019 at 07:12:12
Derek@20, yes hope Cenk gets as many international goals as possible. If we could get £15-20m for him I think he'd be off like a shot. He's a decent enough striker and I think he'd actually do ok in a Premier League team if he got a run of games. Could be a good signing for a promoted team or a Burnley/Brighton type. Not sure he fits in with Silva's plans currently.
Derek Knox
24 Posted 26/03/2019 at 07:55:45
Sam @23, yes he is a decent finisher, but the thing that irks me about him is he expects the ball to come to him, and rarely if at all will go looking for it, which is why he won't do well for us, especially playing as a lone striker.

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