Schneiderlin out for two months after knee operation

Friday, 28 February, 2020 47comments  |  Jump to last

Morgan Schneiderlin could be out of action for two months after requiring surgery on a knee injury that he sustained in last weekend's match against Arsenal.

The Frenchman tore the meniscus in one of his knees in the 3-2 defeat to the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium and had to be replaced around the hour mark.

Schneiderlin had worked his way back into the starting XI under Carlo Ancelotti following a spell on the sidelines in December with a minor soft-tissue injury but will now miss a chunk of the Blues' remaining Premier League fixtures while he recovers from his operation.

Schneiderlin's lay-off coincides with the return of André Gomes, who replaced him as a substitute last Sunday to play his first competitive minutes since making his own recovery from a fracture dislocation of his ankle last November.

There was better news comes for Ancelotti regarding Theo Walcott, however. The winger, who missed the game against his former team last weekend, is available for Sunday's clash with Manchester United at Goodison Park. Lucas Digne, who was also ruled out last time out, could also return to the side.

"Lucas is training individually," Ancelotti said. "He had a little problem with his calf. We are going to check tomorrow."


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Robert Tressell
1 Posted 28/02/2020 at 17:49:35
Baningime - it's now or never. They'll never be a better chance to get yourself a spot in the first 11
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 28/02/2020 at 17:55:02
I know he was subbed off, but I didn't see him limping. Wow.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 28/02/2020 at 18:03:31
Tough luck on Schneids. He's looked a half decent player of late. Still, at least we've got SIggy!
Jerome Shields
4 Posted 28/02/2020 at 18:11:30
Explains him not getting tackles in just before he came off. Wish him a speedy recovery.
Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 28/02/2020 at 18:28:00
He looked in very good spirits, after looking at his picture and reading his tweet on Twitter, loads of 💪 and a promise to come back stronger, but I didn't get a sense of any real disappointment at having to miss a crucial part of the season, and this is the reason why I'm not disappointed by this news.
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 28/02/2020 at 18:30:38
Stick Iwobi in central MF. It might make a man out of him. I had high hopes for Schneiderlin when we got him from Man U but he's been a massive disappointment imo.
Steve Shave
7 Posted 28/02/2020 at 18:48:31
I'd play Holgate in CM until the end of the season. Oh and tie him down to a new contract too.
Dennis Stevens
8 Posted 28/02/2020 at 18:50:00
He'll be like a new player next season!
Lennart Hylen
9 Posted 28/02/2020 at 19:17:49
Hope you will have a speedy recovery, Morgan.
Duncan Adams
10 Posted 28/02/2020 at 19:18:56
A very Schneiderlin thing to do. Show a modicum of form then get injured. Obviously not his fault but I can't help but think it's never going to work out for him at Everton. I just hope we don't over-work Gomes as a result.
Bill Watson
11 Posted 28/02/2020 at 19:28:26
Just our luck; one back in and one out.
Paul Birmingham
12 Posted 28/02/2020 at 19:57:08
Sod's law, he's played better under Carlo.

I'd get Baningime, at least on the bench, but I reckon Tom Davies may be called up, we need a good full match press to get in their faces and rattle their defence.

Definitely winnable, and a must-win game.

Dave Evans
13 Posted 28/02/2020 at 20:11:03
Good players are dynamic. Quick over 5 to 10 yards when they want and need to be. It makes a world of difference. Barkley was a talented player but didn't have it. Schneiderlin is also one-paced, giving the impression of strolling.

Hope he heals well. When he recovers Ancelotti will still be coach. I think it will be the last chance of his career to fulfil his potential.

Peter Mills
14 Posted 28/02/2020 at 20:15:41
I wish the guy no harm, and a speedy recovery.

He started well, and has been okay recently. But in between he's been awful. We need better.

Brian Hennessy
15 Posted 28/02/2020 at 20:18:57
Unfortunately this increases the possibility of Sigurdsson playing again on Sunday, at a time when what Siggy needs is a kick up the arse via a prolonged spell on the bench.

Hopefully Carlo will opt for Tom Davies instead or indeed Baningime, who really impressed me during his brief spell in the team when he first came on the scene. Hoping to see Coleman back in the team also against Man Utd.

Pat Kelly
16 Posted 28/02/2020 at 20:28:22
There goes top four.
Rudi Coote
17 Posted 28/02/2020 at 21:00:48
It's sad when any player gets injured but he won't be missed. Please NOT Davies in his place. Sigurdsson + Davies = disaster.
Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 28/02/2020 at 21:21:57
"What Siggy needs is a kick up the arse"

Not hardly. Siggy's problem is dwindling pace and quickness, not lack of effort. He still puts in 110%.

My choice for Schneiderlin's spot would also be Beni Baningime, assuming he's healthy. Rhino said a couple weeks ago that he's been struggling with that bad ankle for a full year.

Chris Williams
20 Posted 28/02/2020 at 22:01:38

I think Sigurdsson misses Gueye more than any other player. His pace and immense stamina. Gueye effectively allowed Sigurdsson to play to his strengths, and has never been replaced. Arguably he can't be, like for like. That plus being asked to play from deep more.

Lose lose?

Jerome Shields
21 Posted 28/02/2020 at 22:08:43
Just occurred to me the great player Gueye was. 15 to 20 tackles per game and able to avoid getting injured.
Hugh Jenkins
22 Posted 28/02/2020 at 22:32:42
As the old saying goes, "Cometh the hour, cometh the man!"

But, who is the man?

I pray that it might be Baningime, back to his best, but time will tell,

Mark Andersson
23 Posted 28/02/2020 at 23:24:13
Morgan, enjoy your holiday, you have worked hard for a few games...

Carlo is still learning who can be long-term for him. This latest set-back, if you can call it one, is a chance for the manager to look at other options player-wise and formation-wise...

We have no chance of Europe; we blew that chance last weekend. The Man Utd game will no doubt be the same...

As always, it's going to be next season when everything clicks into place and we get back to being a big club...

Paul Jones
24 Posted 28/02/2020 at 23:28:16
Baningime and Davies have the opportunity to establish themselves in what people consider their natural position. Although in recent times, Holgate has been the most impressive player in that position. Better than both Delph and Schneiderlin, who have both been expensive and poor acquisitions. Given that we turned down and offer for Keane, then it would seem expedient if necessary to play Holgate in midfield.

It would seem that there is some advocating that Jesse Lingard would be the great utility answer to our squad next season and best man for a number of positions.

Neville, Gibson, Schneiderlin & Delph seemed to have proven the futility of the "not good enough for Manchester play centre of midfield for Everton theory". Gareth Barry was a relative success in his time but I would have hoped our aspirations are now significantly greater.

Max Murphy
25 Posted 29/02/2020 at 00:12:16
Paul, #12.

I don't believe Tom Davies is up for the job. He's energetic and keen, but is very weak on the ball. His passing and general distribution are awful, and he lacks pace.

I like the lad, and suggest he plays in goal – he can't do any worse than that clown Pickford.

Jim Wilson
26 Posted 29/02/2020 at 00:18:06
And cue a crop of injuries just before the derby.
Derek Knox
27 Posted 29/02/2020 at 01:19:02
How many of us can pick up (minus tax) for being sick?

Let's get real, the player in question has been a passenger for all, but a handful of games.

I know the Football World has gone crazy in terms of contracts and wages, but who gets that amount of money for being 'sick'?

Get Shut Asap!

Jack Convery
28 Posted 29/02/2020 at 03:04:31
I hope he gets his knee sorted quickly. He will be let go in the summer - for me he's been a massive waste of fee and wages. We need better next season.
Phil Smith
29 Posted 29/02/2020 at 04:05:35
He's actually been playing well lately and looks more like his old pre-Utd self, seemingly to give more of a shit in games. Typical.
Steve Shave
30 Posted 29/02/2020 at 07:11:55
The guy's had surgery for goodness sake, he's not pulling a sickie as suggested by a few on here. He's not my favourite player either but to assume he is pleased to be out till possibly the end of the season is pure conjecture and unfair on the lad.

If not Holgate as centre-midfielder, maybe the stage could be set for a role for Beni Baningime, I'd certainly like him to get a chance, it's now or never really. I have been a big critic of Sigurdsson this season but let's not forget, he has a formidable scoring record against Man Utd.

Annika Herbert
31 Posted 29/02/2020 at 07:31:49
Please, no matter what, no Siggi!!
Tony Everan
32 Posted 29/02/2020 at 09:59:40
I want to see Mason Holgate paired with Andre Gomes in midfield for the run-in. They will compliment each other and will be a top class partnership. Now's the time to bed it in.

Jim Bennings
33 Posted 29/02/2020 at 12:12:08
I don't know why people are going on about possible inclusion of Baningime, does Ancelotti even know who he is?

He's not been anywhere near the first team for two years plus and hasn't exactly been in a position to further his career anywhere yet.

If needs must, I'd put Holgate in next to Gomes, at least Holgate can use the ball better than Davies.

Brent Stephens
34 Posted 29/02/2020 at 12:27:52
Jim #33 Baningime has had a hard year or two with injury. A week or so ago I think Unsie said Beni had been carrying the aftermath of his injury for quite a while and it's only now he's back to full fitness. Of course Carlo will know who he is and his abilities.

Ajay Gopal
35 Posted 29/02/2020 at 12:43:20
On the official site, there are quite a few photos of Beni training this week with the 1st team. Could this be his big opportunity?
Alan J Thompson
36 Posted 29/02/2020 at 14:29:31
As one door closes another opens, if there is the necessary bottle.
George Cumiskey
37 Posted 29/02/2020 at 14:43:20
I entirely agree with Annika; no more Sigurdsson for god's sake.
Christy Ring
38 Posted 29/02/2020 at 14:57:02
I would love to see Baningime given his chance tomorrow, he couldn't be any worse than Sigurdsson.
Rob Hooton
39 Posted 29/02/2020 at 18:10:47
I feel for Morgan, he was starting to play well and it looks like he as under orders to get the ball forward quicker and was doing well – I have been a massive critic of his too!

Hopefully the return of Gomes is just in time for us to step it up a notch.

Si Miles
40 Posted 01/03/2020 at 03:59:03
He's had a couple of decent games since Ancelotti has come, as much as it hurts to admit.
Jerome Shields
41 Posted 01/03/2020 at 09:03:17
Apparently Sigurdsson's poor form is being blamed on Carlo's team set-up, which it has been suggested, made his usual position under Silva redundant. What appears to have been overlooked prior to Carlo's arrival was Sigurdsson's tendency to go missing during games, which for many of us appears not to have changed and maybe has gotten even worse.

Sigurdsson was second top scorer to Richarlison last season. This season he can't hit a barn door, only scoring once, and has failed to embrace Carlo's positive forward play philosophy.

Dave Abrahams
42 Posted 01/03/2020 at 09:12:51
Alan (36),

”As one door closes, another one opens.”

I think, in Everton's case, as one door closes, another one gets slammed in our face. Schneiderlin's injury means Sigurdsson will almost certainly play, although neither would be missed by me, to be honest.

Jerome Shields
43 Posted 01/03/2020 at 09:19:21
Correction to my post: Sigurdsson was actually joint top scorer with Richarlison last season.
Robert Tressell
44 Posted 01/03/2020 at 09:31:46
Sigurdsson's form was poor before Silva was sacked – but it's true he fitted into the 4-2-3-1 of Silva much better than the current formation. He is a good player, but he needs a team built to his strengths, like it was at Swansea, where Bony would hold it up and two fast wingers would stay wide and create space. Behind him, there were players to sit and do the dirty work.

In that set-up, he scores goals – like he did for us last season. If you push him back into a more orthodox midfield role, then he's very average. If you expect him to be a creative playmaker, then he's average also.

For us to kick on, we need a cross between Bernard (who is creative but doesn't score) and Sigurdsson (who scores – or did – but doesn't offer much else). Hopefully someone will buy him this summer for about 㾾M.

Martin Berry
45 Posted 03/03/2020 at 20:36:45
I wish him a successful recovery but I doubt if he will be around at the start of next season, I include Sigurdsson and Walcott in that too.

I think the summer transfer window will be exciting for us with Carlo bringing in his players, and you can bet there will be no dead wood as he will know them first hand and their capabilities.

Derek Powell
46 Posted 10/03/2020 at 16:22:02
We should be bringing the kids through now: assess them... keep them or get rid. We need a massive clearout at this club – and that includes those running the club.
Trevor Peers
47 Posted 10/03/2020 at 16:54:32
There are no kids to bring through, we're stuck with OAP Sigurdsson until the summer because there's nobody better and Ancelotti knows it.

His replacement will cost a fortune, quality box-to-box midfielders who can score goals are currently the hardest to find on the planet and our track record of buying the right players isn't very encouraging.

Good luck Carlo, you will need a miracle to find new players who have the skill, desire and heart to lift the present squad out of the mediocre shit which we presently preside over.

Derek Powell
48 Posted 10/03/2020 at 17:11:49
What's Carlo's history on bringing kids through???

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