David Unsworth is still in the running to become Everton manager

By Danny Wright

Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth has confirmed that Michael Keane should be able to return from his injury lay-off to play against Watford on Sunday.

Keane, 24, was hospitalised with a foot infection that saw him miss the Toffees’ last two fixtures against Leicester and Lyon, however it now seems that he has recovered to the point where he is in contention for the Goodison Park clash this weekend.

Unsworth opted to make a host of changes to his side to face Lyon on Thursday night when the Merseyside crashed out of the Europa League by losing 3-0.

Wayne Rooney, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines were all left at home for the trip to France, but Unsworth has now made it clear that they, as well as Keane, should be back against Watford.

“All those senior players will be available. Michael Keane trained yesterday, we will see how he comes through this afternoon. He should be okay,” said the Toffees caretaker boss in his pre-match press conference on Friday, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

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Keane has been a key player since he signed for Everton from Burnley in the summer, making 15 appearances across all competition and scoring one goal in the process.

However the Toffees have not won a Premier League with the England international on the pitch since the opening day win over Stoke in August.

Everton are in the relegation zone ahead of their clash against in-form Watford but know that a win could see them jump as high as 14th if results go their way, so it will no doubt be a big boost to have Keane back in the side to try and arrest their poor form.

In other Everton news, Neville Southall has made a claim about the Toffees’ January transfer activity.

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