Injury expert shares Everton update ahead of Premier League clash v Bournemouth
Everton are set to be without seven first-team players for their crucial Premier League final-day clash against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday [28 May], according to injury expert Ben Dinnery.
Sean Dyche’s men host the already-safe Cherries at Goodison Park knowing a win will guarantee them Premier League survival but may have to play their pivotal encounter without several first-team stars.
They will have to do so without Seamus Coleman, Andros Townsend, Ruben Vinagre and Ben Godfrey, who are all sidelined (Premier injuries), while Dominic Calvet-Lewin and Nathan Patterson, who both came off against Wolves on Saturday [20 May] are said to be ruled out also.
Dyche did state after the game that the Toffees will have to wait for updates on the pair during the week.
However, the Blues could have Vitaly Mykolenko back in action for Sunday’s encounter, with the Ukrainian full-back with a 50% chance of returning from a thigh injury [Premier Injuries].
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Sunday’s final-day encounter is a crucial one for Everton and Dyche as they desperately look to confirm their Premier League status for next season. While the pressure is on Leeds, the Toffees must ensure they get their own job done.
With Bournemouth already confirming their own status, O’Neil’s men will certainly have nothing to play for, but that doesn’t mean the Toffees should be complacent and comfortable as their future as a Premier League team depends on this game.
It’s terribly unfortunate and gutting for the Everton fans that they have to face this dreading relegation battle again, but such is the sorry state of the football club, both on and off the pitch.
If the Toffees are to undergo the change they are desperately in need of this summer, then their Premier League status is of paramount importance.
Everton can lose against Bournemouth and still stay up, should Leeds United fail to beat Tottenham Hotspur on the final day, but Dyche really won’t be resting and relying on a currently poor Spurs team to bail them out of trouble.
The Blues must ensure they do their own jobs to guarantee their place for next season.