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Arnaut Danjuma will take the next step in his recovery from an ankle injury when he turns out for Everton Under-21s tomorrow evening against Blackburn Rovers.

Assuming he comes through the match without any reaction, he could be in the frame for the senior side's clash with Chelsea on Monday. 

While an unlikely starter at Stamford Bridge due to his lack of match sharpness, he could use any minutes off the bench to press his claims for the crucial home game against Nottingham Forest next weekend.

Danjuma has been out of action since the end of January when he suffered the injury late in the goalless draw at Fulham.

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His absence has restricted Sean Dyche’s options on the flanks, a situation compounded by injury to Lewis Dobbin during the recent three-week break from action last month.

Dyche revealed in his press conference at Finch Farm today that James Garner picked up "just a knock" in training and that Dominic Calvert-Lewin skipped training with a "niggly" hamstring issue but the medical staff expect that to settle down in time for him to be ready for Monday.

There was good news, however, with Dyche confirming that Amadou Onana is back in full training after missing last week’s win over Burnley with soreness.

Idrissa Gueye will also be in contention for a place in the lineup, after being allowed to remain at his wife’s side following the birth of their child, in the early hours before the fixture against the Clarets.


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Jerome Shields
1 Posted 11/04/2024 at 17:54:42
All available squad members will have to be used in the coming weeks.
Pat Kelly
2 Posted 11/04/2024 at 18:09:39
Dele Alli must be nearly fit enough to get injured again…
Christy Ring
3 Posted 11/04/2024 at 18:28:45
Hope he comes through okay and available for Monday, for the simple reason, he has pace, which we lack on the wings.
John Raftery
4 Posted 11/04/2024 at 18:46:22
Why do the alarm bells ring when we hear Calvert-Lewin has a niggly hamstring? It is probably a consequence of the minutes played in the three games last week.

Given the two highly significant games we play the following week, I would take no chances with his fitness on Monday. The Merseyside derby is not one of those highly significant games.

Hopefully Danjuma will be able to finish the season strongly. Now is the time for him to justify his salary and loan fee.

Sean Kelly
5 Posted 11/04/2024 at 20:42:33
John, it's down to all that strenuous closing down of the Burnley keeper, the fluke that followed and the over-the-top celebration.

I'm glad he got his goal though. He needs a rest after that.

Mike Hayes
6 Posted 11/04/2024 at 21:03:26
Pat and Sean, love it – the players need to knuckle down and do the feckin job they are paid handsomely to do.

We have had so much shite in the last two decades it needs to change before the end of the third. Enough is enough – both on and off the field.

Andy Meighan
7 Posted 11/04/2024 at 21:03:57
Sean. The lad closed the keeper down and anticipated the goalie and you're calling his reaction.

I thought he knew what he was doing; let's face it, he's got previous.

Sam Hoare
8 Posted 11/04/2024 at 22:46:04
Could really use him. One of our only attacking players with some pace and the ability to beat a man. Even though he's not done much with his time on the pitch he's got into some good positions.

He'll be better suited to Forest at home than Chelsea away so hopefully he's available for first team duties next week as we've sorely lacked options out wide.

Neil Lawson
9 Posted 12/04/2024 at 08:44:00
Good news that he may be fit to come off the bench in the 89th minute with us 2 down. That is if Dyche brave enough to make the change that early.
Sean Kelly
10 Posted 12/04/2024 at 10:44:18
Andy, the expectations of finding the net on a regular basis are tiring.

As I said I'm glad he got his goal but Jesus wept it's about bloody time.

Edward Rogers
11 Posted 12/04/2024 at 17:39:31
Poor Calvert-Lewin, damned if he scores, damned if he doesn't.

Now I'm not saying he's a world beater, but he's our best option at the minute, so how about getting behind him?

Bill Gall
12 Posted 12/04/2024 at 21:04:19
Well he may have lasted for the 90+ min but not a good game to watch.

Not much difference from the first team where the back 4 get most of the ball.

Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 12/04/2024 at 21:08:54
I only watched the last 16 minutes of the match tonight, Jesus God help those who watched the whole game if it was anything like the 15 minutes I saw, it looked like quite a few of them had been told they were getting their comics and P45s in June.

It finished 3-2 to Blackburn, oh and Danjuma's beard seems longer than it was the last time I saw him, I think he was just there for a bit of fitness and to stay away from the ball in case he got tackled.

John Raftery
14 Posted 12/04/2024 at 21:26:52
Dave (13),

It wasn't great. The best bits were the videos shown at half-time of the new stadium and an interview with Tarkowski.

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