By Joe Ellis

14th Jan, 2022 | 1:18pm

Unnamed Everton player may have COVID, Benitez refuses to confirm

Everton may have a player unavailable for their trip to Carrow Road to face bottom club Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday (15 January).

Toffees boss Rafael Benitez confirmed in his press conference that only Tom Davies will miss the trip to Norfolk through injury but there could be a bigger concern looming.

The 61-year-old Spaniard also said that one of his players could have COVID-19 but they won’t know until tomorrow if that is the case or not.

As quoted by Richard Buxton, Benitez said: “Maybe we have one but we will see tomorrow. It’s difficult to have no one with COVID.”

He also didn’t name exactly who it was but if they are unable to find out until tomorrow, he is highly likely to miss the Norwich game as a result.

The problem that never wavers

We could be talking about this for some time yet. COVID-19 has been rife in the Premier League for some time and it is now a regular occurrence to see games called off, as a result, each weekend.

Leicester City’s trip to Burnley is already off tomorrow and the Claret’s midweek game at home to Watford is also under threat.

Everton themselves were on the receiving end of a postponement when Leicester themselves had to call off the planned midweek fixture at Goodison Park on Tuesday (11 January).

Unfortunately, the Premier League rules currently in place allow clubs an easy out when they have a few injuries or the odd player out with COVID which is causing chaos with the scheduling.

The Premier League rule that states a game can be called off if there are less than 13 senior players available has foiled chances for youngsters at almost every club in the country and it isn’t right.

While nothing can change this season now, we can only hope that a change is made ahead of the 2022-23 season with COVID expected to still be around when August rolls around.

In other Everton news, this star Toffee has been left out of his national team’s squad for World Cup qualifiers.