Early team news: Everton senior duo out of Manchester United showdown
By Matt Farr
Everton midfield duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Aaron Lennon have been ruled out of the upcoming Premier League clash with Manchester United on Tuesday.
The pair sat out of the recent defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, but Everton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that they are also set to miss the visit to Old Trafford.
He did though, hint that the senior duo could be back in contention to face Leicester at the weekend, when Everton return to Goodison Park.
As quoted by the club’s official website, Koeman said: “We will have the same players available as last weekend.
“Morgan [Schneiderlin] is doing really well. I think he can be available for the weekend, but not for tomorrow.
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“It is the same of Lennon. He is not in a physical way to be part of the team tomorrow.”
Schneiderlin has impressed since his arrival at the club in the January transfer window, but he has seen his start to life in Merseyside halted by a calf injury.
The 27-year-old midfielder sustained the injury during the 4-0 win over Hull ahead of the international break on March 18, and therefore has only missed one game.
Lennon, meanwhile, has cut a frustrated figure on the Everton sidelines this season, having made just 11 Premier League appearances.
The 29-year-old has featured just twice for the club since the start of 2017, and has been part of just one of Koeman’s last five matchday squads.
It was also confirmed by the Everton chief that Republic of Ireland international midfielder James McCarthy would also be out of the tie, but there was no confirmation of his potential return date.
He joins long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman on the sidelines.
Everton lost precious ground in their pursuit of a top-four finish with defeat to Liverpool in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, but they could move back to within five points with a win over Manchester United.
In other Everton team news, Alan Shearer has delivered his verdict on Ross Barkley following his display against Liverpool.