Silva: Blues Trio In Contention For Hammers Clash

by Peter Lennox
@Everton

Marco Silva revealed Theo Walcott, Idrissa Gana Gueye and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are all in contention to start for Everton in Sunday’s clash with West Ham United at Goodison Park (4pm kick-off).

The Blues boss added Seamus Coleman is out of the match with a foot injury sustained on international duty but expects the right-back to return to action “in one or two weeks”.

Flying winger Walcott was taken off just before the hour mark in the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town two weeks ago, having suffered a rib injury. The 29-year-old – who has hit two goals already this season – has recovered well, however, and could be set for a place in Silva’s starting XI against the Hammers.

Gana missed the Huddersfield clash with a knee problem, while Calvert-Lewin – who has found the back of the net three times in his past two Everton games – was forced off injured in England Under-21s’ 2-1 victory over Latvia earlier this week.

But Silva says that pair have also returned to training and are in line to feature this weekend.

“Theo and Gana are okay, it is possible [they will play],” he said.

“We will have one more session tomorrow to see how Theo is. We will see how he reacts.

“Dominic is in normal condition, he worked well yesterday with the team and today he is in the same situation.

“Our medical staff will report Seamus's condition soon, but he is maybe out for one or two weeks – nothing more.”

While Yerry Mina has started full training, he is unlikely to feature this weekend, Silva added.

Fellow summer signing Bernard is available, though, after recovering from a muscle strain.

Silva also revealed James McCarthy has stepped up his rehabilitation from a broken leg and has returned to training.

“With Bernard, everything is okay, he worked with us in training both last week and this week,” he said.

“Yerry has started training with us, now it is a matter of him reaching a good fitness level, then he will be ready to play or be in the squad.

“It is good to see James McCarthy coming back [to training] as well. He needs time to get fully fit but it is good news for us.

“With him, it is a little bit different. It was a bad injury but he is doing well, he is happy in this moment. Now, we have to give him time to have session after session so he can win some confidence.”

Everton head into Sunday’s game unbeaten so far this season. In contrast, Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham have lost all four of their Premier League matches.

Silva says the Blues will have to be at their best if they are to emerge with all three points at Goodison, however, emphasising there is no question of his side taking the Hammers lightly.

“It will be a tough game, I have no doubts about that,” he said.

“For us, it not important what position they are in. We want to keep focused on our work, to learn from our last game and give 100 per cent to play at our best level.

“They have a lot of quality individual players, they spent big money in the summer and they signed many good players. They have a new manager, too, and sometimes it takes some time to settle everything.

“We respect them but the most important thing for us is what we can do. It is up to us to show good intensity and do everything we can to win the match.”


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