April 13, 2024

Sean Dyche has confirmed that Everton will be without three first-team midfielders for the Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

Amadou Onana missed the international break with a calf problem and hasn’t trained this week, so he will miss the game while Andre Gomes and Dele Alli are still unavailable despite returning to the grass.

Seamus Coleman, Ben Godfrey and Michael Keane are all available to play after featuring for the reserves in midweek, although Dyche hasn’t yet decided on his team.

“Amadou [Onana]’s calf I don’t think will be right, it’s still sore,” he said. “Ben [Godfrey], Seamus [Coleman] and Keano all played in midweek and got minutes. Seamus come through that with no problem. I think when you’ve had a long-term injury, that 90 minutes is that final marker, so I certainly think he’ll be around it. He’s trained well.’

“Andre (Gomes) is back on the grass with us, which is good. He’s had a very frustrating season so far. He needs a bit of time – he needs games, obviously – but he’s back around it.

‘It’s good to see Dele (Alli) back on the grass. It’s tentative at the moment with the sports science side of things – as regards not joining in with us, but he’s joined in a couple of warm-ups – and he’s just feeling his way back in. Really pleasing if we can get him fit again.”


Losing Onana for the game is an absolutely huge blow for Everton, especially when we’re in the position we’re now in after our ten point deduction.

Having our best players fit has been a big reason for our excellent run of form in recent weeks, and Onana has found a perfect role in Dyche’s team that has seen his performances improve.


His energy and quality on the ball alongside his tackling and aggression have been excellent, and while Idrissa Gueye isn’t a bad fall-back option by any means there is still a decent gap in level between the two of them.

Aside from that we’re in a good place with our squad which is always good to hear after an international break, so hopefully Dyche can pick the right team to go and get all three points.

We need them desperately and with the fans likely to be right up for the game and the atmosphere at Goodison Park set to be electric, there will be no excuses for the players not to be fired up and raring to go too.

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