April 13, 2024

Man United return to Premier League action with a tough trip to Goodison Park on Sunday but Everton look set to be without a key midfielder.

Sean Dyche admitted he will likely be without key midfielder Amadou Onana for Sunday’s Premier League game at home to Manchester United.

Everton welcome United to Old Trafford in a defiant mood, following their 10-point deduction over the international break. The Toffees were found guilty of breaching profit and sustainability rules and subsequently plunged into the relegation zone.

Onana was forced off at half-time during the Toffees’ 3-2 win at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago. He flew out to represent Belgium during the international break but did not feature before withdrawing early.

Sunday’s visit of United looks set to come too soon for the 22-year-old but Dyche was able to relay more positive news regarding a number of longer-term absentees.

“Ama’s calf, I don’t think it will be right. It’s still sore,” Dyche said on Friday. “The other lads, three of them had a game in the week (Everton Under-21s’ 1-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao in the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday) including Lewis Dobbin who is slightly younger but the three older boys, Ben (Godfrey), Keano (Michael Keane) and Seamus (Coleman) all played so that’s good getting them some minutes and Seamus came through no problem.

“I spoke with him about it, I think when you’ve had a long-term injury, that 90 minutes is sort of the final marker really. I certainly think he’ll be around it. He’s been training very well, is a great voice around the place – we know that – so it’s good for them to get as many minutes as possible on top of the lads who have been away of course and got minutes while they’ve been on international football.”

Amadou Onana looks set to miss Sunday's game.

United also have a number of fitness issues to contend with ahead of Sunday’s short trip to Merseyside. Erik ten Hag confirmed on Friday that he will leave it late before making a decision on Rasmus Hojlund, who withdrew from international duty after suffering a muscular issue in the 1-0 win over Luton Town.

Christian Eriksen and Jonny Evans will both miss Sunday’s game but long-term absentee Luke Shaw will be involved in the squad. Andre Onana, who missed Cameroon’s meeting with Libya, is also fit.

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