Everton expected 4-2-3-1: Caretaker boss makes six changes, 18-year-old starts
By George Brooks
Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth is expected to make six changes to his starting XI, ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with Lyon.
Unsworth has rested several big names ahead of the tie, following Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Leicester.
BBC Sport report that key players Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane have not travelled with the rest of the squad.
Keane is out with a foot injury while the other three have been rested ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Watford at Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old academy defender Morgan Feeney has been included in the squad and could make his Toffees debut.
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James McCarthy is out with a hamstring problem. Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie, Ross Barkley and Ramiro Funes Mori remain long-term absentees.
This is the team we expect to line-up tonight.
Everton need a win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the last 32 alive. If they lose in France and Atalanta avoid defeat against Apollon Limassol, the Premier League side will be eliminated from the competition.
Jordan Pickford is expected to keep his place in goal, while centre-back Ashley Williams should captain the side, despite causing a melee in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin seems the most likely option up front, with Oumar Niasse ineligible after being left out of the group stage squad.