Koeman To Assess Midfielder


Ronald Koeman says he will give Idrissa Gana Gueye every chance to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday’s game against Chelsea.

After ensuring their place in the Europa League group stage with a 3-1 aggregate win over Hajduk Split, the Blues landed back in Liverpool on Friday afternoon with attentions quickly switching back to the Premier League and the trip to the reigning champions.

Gana travelled to Croatia but missed the second leg at the Stadion Poljud after sustaining a slight hamstring problem in training.

“I don’t know about Gana,” said Koeman. “We need to wait until tomorrow [Saturday] to make a decision on whether or not he can start.

“We have two days to prepare the team. Of course, we know it’s tough to play Monday, Thursday and Sunday, with the travel and an early kick-off time (1.30pm) as well - but it’s still the start of the season.

“We’ve been a little bit unlucky with some injuries, which makes it even more difficult, but we’ll do a session tomorrow to see which players are the most fresh to start.

“I don’t like to change a lot but maybe freshness comes into it.”

Gana’s midfield colleague Morgan Schneiderlin will definitely be unavailable as he serves a one-match suspension for the red card he received in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Monday.

Sandro Ramirez, who has missed the past three games owing to a heel injury, has been rated “doubtful” for the Toffees’ outing at Stamford Bridge.

Davy Klaassen [foot], James McCarthy [knee], Ross Barkley [hamstring] and long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori [both knee] and Seamus Coleman [broken leg] remain sidelined.

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