Klaassen And Sandro To Miss Second Leg

by Mike Taylor
@Everton

Everton will be without Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League play-off second leg against Hajduk Split.

The Blues, who head to the Stadion Poljud with a 2-0 lead after goals from Michael Keane and Idrissa Gana Gueye at Goodison Park last week, arrived in Croatia on Wednesday afternoon - but Sandro [heel] and Klaassen [foot] were not part of the travelling party.

Manager Ronald Koeman also confirmed James McCarthy will be absent with a knee complaint, while Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie [both knee], Seamus Coleman [leg] and Ross Barkley [hamstring] remain sidelined. 

“Sandro did not travel and neither has Davy Klaassen, who got a knock on his foot,” confirmed Koeman at his pre-match press conference. “Davy will be out for at least one week but he will be fit after the international break.

“Sandro is a doubt for Sunday’s game [against Chelsea].

“James McCarthy has a knock on his knee and, also, normally after the international duty, he will be available.”

Gylfi Sigurdsson made his Everton debut from the bench in Monday evening’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

And while confirming the Toffees’ Club-record signing will be involved in Thursday’s second leg against Joan Carrillo’s side, Koeman is yet to decide in what capacity.

“I need to make the decision,” he added. “He got game time on Monday and now the decision is whether he starts tomorrow or comes on during the game. We have one more session [on Wednesday evening], then I will make that decision on Thursday morning.”

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