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2nd Dec, 2016 | 4:31pm

Everton handed injury boost ahead of clash against Manchester United

By Emma Sanders

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw is set to miss the clash against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon and will not travel with the squad.

The left-back picked up a slight knock in the 4-1 victory against West Ham in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening and will not be risked.

Jose Mourinho already has a few injury concerns in defence and will be without Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Shaw for the clash against Everton.

The absence of England international Shaw is a boost for Everton as they aim to get back to winning ways following a recent spell of patchy form.

“The injury is a pity,” Mourinho told MUTV.

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“We were on this process of developing him as a player. Not consecutive matches but 90 minutes against Feyenoord then, one week later, 90 minutes against West Ham, but he got this little injury.”

The England international has made 13 appearances this season but has started just six league games after suffering from a number of injury set-backs.

He joined the club in June 2014 for £27 million and the 21-year-old was tipped to become one of the best left-backs in the Premier League but received a horrific double-leg break which ended his season in 2015-16.

The BBC reported in November, Mourinho openly criticised Shaw and Smalling, claiming they were not strong enough and they were not prepared to play through fear of injury.

Everton have not been in great form recently and have won just two of their last nine league fixtures and suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Southampton last Saturday and were held to a 1-1 draw with Swansea the week before.

Manchester United currently sit just one point above the Merseysiders and travel in search of their fourth victory in six games.

In other Everton news, Ronald Koeman has revealed what the club’s weakness is and who he plans to bring in as a replacement.