By Aramide Oladipo
Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth has confirmed that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was substituted during the Premier League encounter against Crystal Palace due to injury.
The 28-year-old was brought off at half-time for youngster Tom Davies in the exciting 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Toffees recovered from going behind twice in the first-half to come away from South London with an invaluable point.
Speaking after the match, Unsworth revealed that the Frenchman was replaced because he was still suffering from a toe injury.
“We tweaked the way we went about it (in the second half),” he said as quoted in the Liverpool Echo.
“We were forced to bring Tom Davies on at half-time.
“Morgan had an injection before the game on his toe and he was struggling with it.”
Schneiderlin’s early substitution might have raised some doubts over his immediate future at the club especially after he recently had to defend his commitment to the club after reports of misbehaviour on the training pitch.
Similar to the majority of his teammates, the France international has struggled to find consistency this season.
The midfielder has featured in 16 matches but he has failed to contribute with a single goal or assist in all competitions.
This weekend’s draw means that the Merseyside club now find themselves three points adrift of the relegation zone.
Unsworth will be hopeful that his side can get back to winning ways when they host Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
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