Everton manager Marco Silva has confirmed hell have one player back from injury for tomorrows Merseyside Derby clash but two remain on the sidelines.
The official club website reported that Theo Walcott is back to full fitness after training in the last two sessions, while captain Seamus Coleman and summer signing Fabian Delph will be forced to miss the game against Liverpool.
Silva confirmed his squad options to the press on Tuesday, saying: “Theo will be okay for tomorrow, Coleman tried again this morning but is not in conditions to be fit, Delph is not training at this moment.”
Everton are languishing just outside the relegation zone after Leicester consigned them to another defeat. With just 14 points from 14 games, Silva needs his leaders on the field and its a massive blow to have Coleman and Delph injured for such an important fixture.
Delph is a summer arrival from Manchester City and slotted straight into the side, although he’s been limited to just 10 appearances in all competitions due to fitness issues.
With 10 starts this season, Walcott has been an important player for the Toffies and his manager will be glad to see the former Arsenal man back in the side. He will, however, need to improve on his return of no goals and one assist if Everton are to shock football and beat Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Coleman’s absence weakens the Toffies in an area where Liverpool are strong and that will be a cause for concern. Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson are excellent down their left-hand side and Silva will have wanted his captain fit and ready to nullify that threat.
He will now turn to Djibril Sidib, the loan right-back, who has started every game since the 2-0 win over West Ham on the 19th of October. The World Cup winner will have his hands full protecting Everton against the Liverpool duo in the toughest game hes played in England so far.