First-leg win marred by injuries

by | 06/01/2016  49 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton have concerns for this weekend's FA Cup tie against Dagenham & Redbridge and the League game at Manchester City beyond after three players limped off in this evening's game.

Tom Cleverley, Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman all had to be withdrawn from the 2-1 in over City and the Blues had to play the last few minutes with 10 men because Roberto Martinez had no more substitutes.

The manager told reporters after the match that Coleman's appears to be the most serious of the three, the Irishman picking up a calf strain in the closing minutes. Martinez said that he expects the fullback to be out for 3-4 weeks, leaving him exposed in an area of the field where Everton are short on natural cover.

Lukaku, meanwhile, took a knock to his ankle shortly before he scored what proved to be the winner on the night but Martinez does not expect the Belgian to be out for long.

"Rom will be assessed," he said. "I don't know if he'll be available for the weekend, but I don't expect it to be too serious."

Cleverley's injury, meanwhile, was a flare-up of the calf problem that has dogged him over the last couple of weeks.  

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Danny Broderick
1 Posted 06/01/2016 at 00:00:17
Behave. We should be able to beat Dagenham with our reserves, never mind 1st team squad!
Lyndon Lloyd
3 Posted 07/01/2016 at 00:20:52
The key phrase was "and the League game at Manchester City beyond", Danny!

Any side we put out should be able to beat Dagenham (not that we should take many chances) but we obviously don't want Rom out too long. Nor am I comfortable with Stones deputising for Coleman as it would mean all three first-team CBs on the field at the same time.

Vijay Nair
5 Posted 07/01/2016 at 00:31:55
I wonder if we'll see Mattioni recalled from Doncaster to provide cover at RB...
Craig Fletcher
6 Posted 07/01/2016 at 00:35:18
Could be an opportunity for Leandro Rodriguez against Dagenham. You'd expect a bit of rotation for that game, and Galloway, Osman, Miralles, Jagielka, Gibson, even McGeady (Who?) to start. Possibly Holgate, McAleny and one or two other young bucks too.
Craig Tomasinski
7 Posted 07/01/2016 at 01:05:28
I thought I might have read that Pienaar is fit again somewhere. So maybe a chance for him to get some minutes. Maybe 5 minutes before he gets injured again. Who for right back though. I guess Holgate would be the next best.
Craig Fletcher
8 Posted 07/01/2016 at 01:12:07
There's also this lad called Hibbert who I've heard can play a bit at RB Craig.....

Minik Hansen
9 Posted 07/01/2016 at 01:14:00
Vijay Nair >> I thinl Mattioni is out injured..

How about Oviedo? And surely Jags will play his part.

Vijay Nair
10 Posted 07/01/2016 at 01:36:00
Yup Minik looks like you're right. Mattioni picked up a hamstring injury and is now back at Everton
Dave Hall
11 Posted 07/01/2016 at 01:38:53
Sam Byram rumours might get some legs now
Julian Wait
12 Posted 07/01/2016 at 01:44:14
Sam Byram. Let's do it.
Victor Jones
13 Posted 07/01/2016 at 02:12:46
Holgate wiil most likely start at the week end at RB. But I would love to see Hibbert play. Surely he could put in a shift against the third bottom team in the football league. Stones could then play RB in the league matches. Jags and Funes Mori at CB. Baines is starting to play like the Baines of old. Still cannot take a bloody corner though. We have enough short time cover at RB.I like Cleverley but surely we can rest him on Saturday. Give Gibson a much needed run out and give Naismith a last farewell in place of Lukaku. I think that we can afford to play a few youngsters, along with a few experienced players. A nice mixture. Youth and experience. Maybe even the young lad Connelly ( that TWs Harold raves about). Let the rest of us see what he is about. Lucky enough that we are playing Dagenham. A real chance to progress. And rest a few players at the same time. Anyhow , that is for Saturday.Here's a crazy thought. How about even playing Lennon at RB. Or should I say at Right Wing Back. He should have too much nous and craft for Dagenham. No disrespect to Dagenham. But injuries or not, we should have far too much for them.

Very good win tonight. Pity that we could not get a third. Robles really should be staking a claim to be our GK. And notice that we seem to play better without two DMFs. I don't class Besic or Cleverley as DMFs. Just proper midfielders. But of course it is a shame about the injuries. And we are now in a transfer window. No better time to bring in back up for league matches. Let's have a good 2016 and a better second half to the season. So far this year has started well compared to the nonsense this time last season. COYBs.

Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 07/01/2016 at 03:45:11
What about Pennington?
Terence Leong
15 Posted 07/01/2016 at 03:49:41
Pennington is supposedly injured..
I can foresee Lennon being played there again, as he was during one of the Capital One Cup games early on.

While Hibbert is the experienced veteran, his lack of match fitness might count against him.
Lennon can run all day long.

Ernie Baywood
17 Posted 07/01/2016 at 05:56:42
I thought Pennington came back from injury recently. I also thought his debut last year was very impressive.
Duncan McDine
18 Posted 07/01/2016 at 06:54:53
I'm pretty certain Victor (11) is spot on about Lennon taking the RB slot. I actually think he can do a good job there till Seamus returns. Roberto does have options of course... Jags can come in and shuffle Stones to RB, or as someone else mentioned 3 at the back, with Lennon and Bainsey wing-backs.

The main thing for me is that Rom isn't badly injured. Also glad to see Ross run off that knock.

Ajay Gopal
19 Posted 07/01/2016 at 06:59:48
Yes, people like Lennon, Galloway, Oviedo, Gibson, Mirallas, Holgate, Hibbert, Pienaar, Osman, Leandro, and 1-2 youngsters should be given a run out for Dagenham.

Holgate, Funes Mori, Galloway, Oviedo
Gibson Osman McCarthy
Lennon Kone Mirallas

SUBS: Leandro, Pienaar, Besic, Jagielka, Howard, etc

Harold Matthews
20 Posted 07/01/2016 at 07:31:13
Where are our scouts? Born and bred in Serbia of Albanian parents and wishing to represent Albania, 22yr old six foot RB Arbour Fejzullahu should be signed up tomorrow. Purchased by Partizan Tirane for about £150K, they would jump at a decent Everton offer.

This lad also plays midfield but has the skill and intelligence to play anywhere. Lots of players have talent but it's the intelligence which sets them apart and this lad has it in spades. Had his international debut in Albania's 1-0 win over France in a friendly and is a possible for the Euros.

With a mad half Albanian ex marine living above me, I get his countrymen rammed down my throat. Actually, with Albanians, including Shaqiri and Januzaj, playing for about ten other countries, they've done really well to reach the Euros.

Anyway, we're supporting Fejzullahu and think he's on the way up.

Jim Bennings
21 Posted 07/01/2016 at 07:44:56
The day we dreaded has come, Lukaku getting injured, let's just hope this isn't a typical Everton "not too long out".

The last thing we need is Lukaku missing a month's football, we ought to make a 8 million move for Charlie Austin, what have we really got to lose?

We can throw in some reserves on Saturday but after that you need established experienced men in the team.

For me you can lay all the young kids you want but who was Everton's best player last night, who made all the right decisions?.
Yes the experienced Gareth Barry!!!

Experience is vital to success!!

Andrew Lightfoot
22 Posted 07/01/2016 at 07:57:21
Surely none of the three that limped off yesterday would have featured on Saturday anyway?
Jon Withey
23 Posted 07/01/2016 at 08:35:32
Coleman is the big miss - just as he was getting back to his best.

Lukaku hopefully just needs a rest and there should be cover enough for Cleverly in the short term.

We need a young right-back to deputise Coleman anyway - I'd definitely be considering it if I were Martinez.

Not for the weekend, but I suppose if Jagielka is fit then Stones at RB will work.

David Hallwood
24 Posted 07/01/2016 at 08:36:35
Good team Ajay(#16) but surely Jags should play if fit on Saturday
Gerard Carey
25 Posted 07/01/2016 at 08:38:38
With Jim 18 on this. We need proper backup for Lukaku, even if he wasnt injured. We cant expect him to play every game. Make an offer for Austin and get it done. Kone is not the answer.
Jim Bennings
26 Posted 07/01/2016 at 08:59:26
I'm glad you agree with me Gerard.

I just believe that if we are serious about finishing this season strongly then we can take no risks at all in terms of leaving ourselves short of first team options.

We should push on to sign Sam Byram for right back too!

If Coleman does miss a period of time, there is no replacement for him with Hibbert nowhere near it and Browning out for the season, even if Pennington was fit its too risky playing a untried kid there.
And please please not John Stones right back, every time he's played there the phrase "fish out of water " springs to mind.

Gordon Scott
27 Posted 07/01/2016 at 09:03:02
What is it for all these calls for Austin to be signed.. Not as if he is setting the Championship alight this year. 10 goals I believe.
Sam Hoare
28 Posted 07/01/2016 at 09:58:23
Worth bearing in mind that Barry cannot play every game in such a congested schedule too.

Think Osman will be getting time in the middle and possibly Barkley playing a more box to box role.

Would like to see Holgate get a shot at RB as he has looked very good for U21s. Or Jono Kenny, or is he on loan still?

Graham Mockford
29 Posted 07/01/2016 at 11:21:44

I agree especially given that Barry is in the top 5 for yards covered he needs a rest given the upcoming games.

I would go

Holgate Jags Stones Galloway
Lennon Osman Gibson Besic Mirallas

Eddie Dunn
30 Posted 07/01/2016 at 11:24:49
Victor11. On your point about us playing better without two defensive midfielders. I like McCarthy, but I notice how much more attacking threat we carry with Cleverley or Besic. This suggests that the default pairing in this role should be up for review. Food for thought when Macca is fit again.
Jim Bennings
31 Posted 07/01/2016 at 11:28:32

He's scored 10 goals in the Championship this season despite missing a few game's, ccontrary to belief, the Championship has improved alot over the years, it's not that easy to score in nowadays.
Of course last season Austin scored 17 goals in a poor QPR team.

Who would you be happier to trust to deputies as a help for Lukaku?

A player that has hardly kicked a ball in the English league, a untested kid that is learning his trade for two or three years like Henen on loan at Fleetwood, neither him or Rodriguez are anywhere near ready to take on the league yet.

Naismith looks to be heading out the door.
Kone tries but he's limited let's be honest!

Who knows how long Lukaku might be out for, he could be back next week but there's always that possibility that we won't be so lucky and he could miss a month.

That would be a great loss, and we'd be very very naive to thinker can cope without an experienced hard-nosed replacement.

It's not a risk I'd be happy to take.

Michael Polley
33 Posted 07/01/2016 at 12:11:22
Agree we need to cover for Lukaku
Jon Withey
34 Posted 07/01/2016 at 12:13:44
For sure we are heavily reliant on Lukaku and his form – any team would be. A £28m player isn't the easiest thing for Everton to 'backup' is it though?

Considering the going rate for Naismith is £8m – we'd have to spend double to get even close – I'd forgive Martinez for looking at an expensive loan.
Nick Wall
35 Posted 07/01/2016 at 12:20:53
Graham (#26): my prediction for Saturday is very similar, except I have Barkley playing instead of the soon-to-be-loaned-out Gibson.
Graham Mockford
38 Posted 07/01/2016 at 12:33:01

Given we have seven games in 25 days in January, I'd give him a rest. He has started every single PL game and played some part of every Cup game.

The side I picked has eight international players and should be way too good for a side near the bottom of League 2.

Alan McMillan
39 Posted 07/01/2016 at 12:39:26
I don't think Coleman was great last night (especially for the goal) and the was caught out against Spurs too. Great that Lukaku scored after picking up the injury.

Naismith will probably not be played against D & R as he would then be cup tied. Maybe Mirallas up front if Rom is injured? Tyias Browning for right back?
Tony J Williams
40 Posted 07/01/2016 at 12:39:40
It won't be Hibbert, he's still injured isn't he?
Tim Locke
41 Posted 07/01/2016 at 12:44:49
Stones can play right back; Jags is back so we should be okay. There is the other option would be three at the back.
Shane Corcoran
42 Posted 07/01/2016 at 12:50:52
Eddie (#27), I couldn't agree more.

I've been saying this about McCarthy for ages. As good a he is at what he does he offers so little going forward or Barry doesn't offer enough to compensate for him.

It took Besic's performance last night to highlight it.

Jim Bennings
43 Posted 07/01/2016 at 13:14:13
No Tim, Stones CANNOT play right back!!

We could put him there sure, but every time he's filled in there he's looked completely lost, unbalanced and the nimble mobility isn't there.

Ideally you'd have picked Hibbert, or at least 4 years ago you would, but I find it hard to imagine he's ever going to be fit enough for Premier League action again, at least this season.

Tyias Browning did ok before he got injured, maybe like Galloway though he started struggling a little bit and needed a break before things got too much.

We are in January now, the window is open so we could take advantage and count ourselves lucky that we have the opportunity to ease this mini injury crisis.

Darren Bailey
44 Posted 07/01/2016 at 14:09:48
Poll??? Who plays at right back in Coleman's absence? Browning's injured but would have been the likely candidate, don't know Hibbert's situation so here's the options-be interesting to see who people think.

Hibbert (no)
Stones (no, he's a CB)
Galloway (left footed)
McCarthy (injured?)
Cleverley (possible but has a knock)
Lennon (likely)
Holgate (possible)
Foulds (too soon?)
Kenny (little 1st team experience)
Pennington (as above)
Or my favoured option – buy Byram.

Sam Hoare
45 Posted 07/01/2016 at 15:48:02
I'd like to give this team a crack for the Cup:

Holgate Jagielka Funes Mori Galloway
Lennon Gibson Besic Mirallas (or Pienaar?)

Only 2 youngsters (assuming we think Galloway can be counted as first teamer now) and enough experience to navigate the banana skin hopefully whilst giving a rest to those who need it most hopefully.

You could easily put Osman in for Dowell but I'd like to see what the lad has and his energy could be needed to support Kone.

Ian Bennett
46 Posted 07/01/2016 at 21:09:01

Funes Mori



Max Fine
47 Posted 07/01/2016 at 22:46:23
Bit depressing to hear fans calling for Austin's signature. Austin as an out-of-contract free punt I'd just about go for but for if we're talking actual money then he isn't anywhere near the calibre of Everton.

Let our wasteful desperate neighbours and the chavs stick to wasting money on over-hyped average englishmen thanks. He's not fit to lick the shit off Lukaku's boots.
Max Fine
48 Posted 07/01/2016 at 22:50:17
Ouch... reading that back, that's a bit more vitriolic than intended. Must need some sleep... ;)
Dave Abrahams
49 Posted 07/01/2016 at 23:08:18
Sam (39) have you seen Dowell? I promise you the lad is just coming back after a bad injury, he is not ready for this game.
Si Cooper
50 Posted 07/01/2016 at 23:18:55
Allan @ 33, it seems to me that Coleman, like Barkley, is getting very harshly judged simply for not being faultless every game.

The Alli goal was scrutinised by the studio pundits and it was agreed Coleman did very little wrong for what amounted to a top class goal. If you look at the goal from last night you will see that de Bruyne was trying hard to get up with Aguero as the ball was played up to him and Coleman was trying not to over commit himself too early and leave one of them with a clear run on goal. He pushed Aguero back to where any covering players were and up until Besic decided to engage Aguero instead of covering Navas's run we had a chance of containing that break.

For me Coleman very rarely does anything other than work as hard as he can in each and every game. I can't remember the last time we regularly got opened up on his flank and he has put a load into making the right flank our most potent attacking focal point. I think people have got so used to him easily mopping up at the back that they only notice when he fails.

I can't think of any right back I'd swap him for.

Sam Hoare
51 Posted 07/01/2016 at 23:22:40
Dave, I've seen Dowell a bit but not recently. If he's not match fit then fair enough but I think it's good to try and get the young gems a few moments or two in the first team (though not all at the same time!).
James Peter
52 Posted 08/01/2016 at 07:39:46
Playing Naismith will cup tie him ...
Harold Matthews
53 Posted 08/01/2016 at 13:03:36
Dagenham score from a cross into the box. Our Achilles Heel is a cross into the box. Should be interesting.
Dave Southword
54 Posted 08/01/2016 at 13:40:26
Holgate in the cup, then Baines at right back. Playing on the wrong side is almost compulsory for wingers these days, so I don't see a problem for Baines. In fact, with his "underlapping" runs – a few of which he made on Wednesday – he could become more of a goal threat.

Also not as far to jog to take corners.

Andrew Lightfoot
55 Posted 08/01/2016 at 16:56:47
Is tomorrow's game televised anywhere?

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