April 15, 2024


Sean Dyche explains Gueye substitution and provides Everton injury update

Sean Dyche was speaking following Everton’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea 

Idrissa Gueye was not withdrawn from action against Chelsea through injury but will miss the trip to Burnley.

The centre midfielder, who Sean Dyche has repeatedly singled out for praise across Everton’s impressive form of recent weeks, was substituted at half-time because, his manager said, he “just looked tired, he just looked fatigued”.

Dyche will be unable to call upon Gueye for the next Premier League game, however, after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the opening 45 minutes.

Jarrad Branthwaite, who has now played in 14 consecutive league games, also picked up his fifth yellow of the campaign meaning he too now faces a one-match suspension.

Dyche and Everton will ‘wait and see’ on potential further sanctions

Gueye and Branthwaite are guaranteed absences for the trip to Turf Moor but Everton will also be taking a look at the condition of Ashley Young, another first team ever-present. Young was withdrawn just before half-time, moments after having pulled up injured, and Dyche said after the match the veteran had a “niggly injury which we are hoping is not serious” – a point echoed by the player on X, formerly Twitter, who wrote of his injury after the game that it was “hopefully not serious”.

Another absence was Seamus Coleman, who played 65 minutes against Newcastle United on Thursday – his first senior minutes since enduring knee ligament damage in May. Of his condition, Dyche said: “Hopefully [Seamus’ injury] is not too serious. Touch and go for the next week or so, I would imagine – we will have to wait and see. He was on the treadmill the day after Newcastle and we had to drag him off. and remind him he’s got a minor injury that needs settling down.” Michael Keane was another player missing from the matchday squad. His omission was not explained but he was in attendance, sitting in the Goodison stands, and if available will be the most likely stand-in for Branthwaite.

Dyche was boosted by the return of James Garner, who recovered from a midweek sickness bug to play 90 minutes, and that of Amadou Onana, who was brought on for Gueye in what was his first appearance since November 1 due to a calf issue.


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