Everton news: Medical expert issues 'bleak' Donny van de Beek claim amid new injury reveal
Donny van de Beek could return to the matchday squad this weekend – but his chances of making the Everton starting XI look “bleak”.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Van de Beek, 25, has not played in any of Everton’s last seven games because of a thigh injury.
And Frank Lampard revealed that the Dutchman picked up a small groin problem after returning to training, per club media last month (22 April).
There has been no further update on the attacking midfielder, who is on loan at Goodison Park from Man United.
Dinnery claims that he could play a part against Leicester City on Sunday (8 May) but it will likely be from the bench.
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“It’s only a minor issue,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“But if he does force his way into that squad, it would have to be on the bench.
“You wouldn’t expect Frank Lampard to change too much after that win over Chelsea.
“That treatment room is beginning to clear now. There is a lot of competition in that Everton squad, especially if he wants to play him in that holding role.
“There’s also a lot of competition if he wants to play him a little bit further forward too.
“So, he shouldn’t be too far away in terms of his fitness after recovering from injury.
“But I think it looks pretty bleak in terms of the players ahead of him in terms of fitness and sharpness.”
Van de Beek has not registered a goal or assists in any of his six appearances for Everton.
He will be under the supervision of his old Ajax boss Erik ten Hag at United next season.