What The Papers Say - 15 September
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DAVID MOYES will once again scour the free agent market to bolster Everton’s midfield after Darron Gibson was ruled out for three weeks.
Influential anchor-man Gibson has been sidelined with a thigh injury suffered in the defeat at West Bromwich Albion a fortnight ago.
Moyes’s desire to increase his midfield options had already been intensified after attempts to complete a temporary deal for Belgium international Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe from Club Bruges were scuppered by FIFA last week refusing to ratify the transfer.
And with Ross Barkley having yesterday joined npower Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on a month’s loan, the Blues boss is looking for out of contract players, who are allowed to sign outside the transfer window.
One such player, former Wolfsburg and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, 30, is under serious consideration, while former Manchester United and City player Owen Hargreaves, 31, could also be an option.
“Because of the situation with Ross I’m a bit disappointed over Vadis, and I’m a bit worried we do need cover,” said Moyes, whose team are next in action on Monday night at home to Newcastle United.
“I’ve possibly got to look at players now who are out of contract, to maybe give us some cover over the next few months.
DAVID Moyes paid tribute to the families of the 96 Hillsborough victims for their unstinting pursuit to uncover the truth about the 1989 disaster.
Earlier this week, documents were released highlighting serious flaws in the police operation on the day of the tragedy and a subsequent plot to deflect blame on to supporters.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Moyes was asked for his thoughts on the revelations and said: “I think everybody was shocked and saddened by what happened and still are. Everybody is stunned by what they’re hearing about it now.
“Great credit goes to the families for pursuing this. It has been a terrible travesty of justice.
“In the end, if any of us lost someone in that situation, we would feel aggrieved. I think I’d be more disappointed in the people who we trust in authority that have not come out and been forward enough to say they got it wrong and made mistakes.
“Good people stand up, hold their hands up and accept mistakes. For it to take 23 years is nothing short of scandalous.
“I wasn’t here when the disaster happened - I was a player at the time. I’m sure then that everyone in the city stood together as one and now we stand shoulder to shoulder with the families of the bereaved, who have had to put up with this, and congratulate them for persevering and getting the outcome they all believed in.”
MAROUANE Fellaini has been issued a severe dressing down by David Moyes following comments that suggested he would leave Everton by the start of next season.
The midfielder was speaking at an open press conference while on international duty with Belgium last weekend when asked about his future.
He reportedly said he would be open to the prospect of leaving Goodison in January or next summer, although later released a statement on his Facebook page insisting he was happy on Merseyside.
And a clearly unimpressed Moyes said: “We've had a chat about it, and any disciplinary action is between me and him.
“I do think that sometimes when players go away on international duty their egos are massaged by international journalists and things are said, perhaps because they think they're speaking to different people and they let their guard down a bit.
“These things happen, and we move on. But where's he going to go? The transfer window is shut!
“I won't say there's no chance in the next window because everybody is available throughout the world if the offer is right, but one thing I know is the transfer window is closed, so he's not going anywhere right now, and there's three months to the next window, which is a long time.”
THE city’s football clubs will pay tribute to the victims of Hillsborough and their families following the release this week of the damning independent report on the disaster.
Liverpool’s players will mark the findings of the Independent Hillsborough Panel when they play against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this evening.
A spokesperson for LFC confirmed their players would be wearing something to commemorate the report and its significance.
He added that a series of events had been organised at the club’s own ground at Anfield for their match against Manchester United next Sunday.
Flags will be flown at half mast at Sunderland’s ground and a message will be broadcast to fans on the big screen just before kick-off.
The sentiment follows words of support from Sunderland’s manager Martin O’Neill, who praised the courage of the families’ fight for justice at a pre-match press conference this week.
He said: “It’s been going on for so, so long, but it is total vindication for those Liverpool people who felt this was worthy, to fight this all the way.
“In many aspects it’s rather late but if there is such a thing as a victory for them, it is that.
“It doesn’t bring people back, of course, but they have been totally and utterly vindicated.”
Everton Football Club are also expected to make a huge gesture of solidarity with the 96 and their families – as has been the case ever since the tragedy – when they play Newcastle at Goodison Park on Monday night.
An EFC spokesman confirmed that a presentation in the form of an animated graphic would be shown on the Goodison big screen before kick-off with a script paying tribute to the 96 victims and their families.
He added: “We will also have children in Everton and Liverpool kits who will be led onto the pitch.”
Everton manager David Moyes gave his reaction to the panel’s revelations at a pre-match press conference yesterday.
He said: “I wasn’t here when the disaster happened – I was a player at the time.
“I’m sure then that everyone in the city stood together as one and now we stand shoulder to shoulder with the families of the bereaved who have had to put up with this and congratulate them for persevering and getting the outcome they all believed in.”
HERE’S an initiative that could cut the queues outside the Goodison box office and prove handy for city centre based Bluenoses.
You can now buy match tickets for every one of the Blues’ home games from the heart of Liverpool city centre this season.
The club has teamed up with the TicketQuarter box office in the city centre to enhance the existing ticketing service for supporters.
Not only can supporters continue to buy their tickets online, on their mobile, over the phone or in person at Goodison Park Box Office, they can visit the TicketQuarter outlet located within the Merseytravel Travel Centre in Queen Square from today.
Staff from TicketQuarter have worked alongside the Everton ticketing team to install a real time connection into the outlet. This will enable TicketQuarter to sell and print official Everton tickets for city centre customers.
Chief Executive Robert Elstone said: “We are delighted to team up with the TicketQuarter box office in the heart of the city centre to provide yet another channel for our fans to buy tickets for our home games quickly and easily.
Supporters can buy tickets at TicketQuarter from 9am-6pm on Monday – Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
(Howard Kendall) : I THOUGHT Newcastle were poor when they were sent packing from Goodison on the final day of last season, and I don’t think for a moment they will have as much success this campaign.
Phil Jagielka was spot on when he pointed out they over-achieved last season. I was the first to say that Alan Pardew did a fantastic job and deserved to be voted manager of the year, but he did himself no favours with his remarks about being in a different league from the Blues before that last game in May.
This season will be far more testing for the Magpies. The African Nations Cup is coming and will probably see some of their more influential players being spirited away for a month or so, and they will be stretched by the travails of the Europa League.
I was surprised at the lack of enthusiasm and spark from Newcastle in May, especially when they had something to play for going down to the last day.
It won’t be a popular sentiment on Tyneside but they could even be struggling at the wrong end of the table come next May.
It’s quite a turnaround when you sense that Everton are looking good to be pushing at the right end of the table after finishing last season so strongly.
Ultimately Pardew will probably regret saying his club were in a different league from Everton.
I cannot understand managers coming out with statements like that because it only motivates the opposition.
David Moyes could have printed off those comments, pinned them up on the changing room wall in Goodison and allow them to do his team talk for him. As Jagielka reminded us, players have long memories when it comes to being slated so let’s hope it motivates them again.
ROSS Barkley has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a month's loan.
The 18-year-old midfielder has linked up with the Championship side in time to feature in their game at Brighton on Friday night.
England U-21 international Barkley has played nine times for the Blues since his debut at the start of last season.
This term the academy graduate was a substitute for the second half of the 5-0 win over Leyton Orient.
He moves to Dave Jones' Wednesday outfit as they look to build on sixth place.
Jones said: "We have been chasing Ross for some time and I'm really pleased to have him on board.
"This is as big as the Rodri signing for me because this lad is a real quality player.
"He's energetic, good in the air and a box to box player who can score a goal."
(Howard Kendall) : I DON’T know whether Marouane Fellaini was misquoted but it strikes me that he has fallen victim to the age old mistake of players on international duty.
They return to their home country and talk to journalists or broadcasters without thinking of the wider ramifications - specifically that what they say will always be picked up on back in the UK.
In reality the internet means they are spread across the world very quickly, and players are often left rather red-faced by it all in the end unless they’re careful.
Whether Fellaini ultimately fancies playing in the Champions League next season or not, he has been a bit naive and should be a bit more street-wise in future.
DAVID Moyes hopes another manic Monday at Goodison Park can roar his team back to winning ways against Newcastle United.
The Toffees have not enjoyed home comforts in the Premier League for a month thanks to the fixtures schedule and the early international break, and Moyes is hoping the crowd fervour of their last outing - that scintillating victory over Manchester United on August 20 - returns.
Everton have a habit of thriving under the lights for a night game at Goodison, and Moyes knows his side will need the added boost against a Newcastle team which surprised everyone last term by finishing fifth.
“We hope it’s the same as the last Monday night we had,” says the Blues boss ahead of the clash with Alan Pardew’s men. “If we get the same from the support as they offered us that night then it makes a big difference.
“It’s a strong crowd at Goodison, just like it is at St James’ Park, and the fans want to be involved in giving their team the best chance with the atmosphere they produce.
“This is only our second home game in the Premier League this season. It seems a long time since we’ve been at Goodison. So it’s difficult to get much momentum going because of the beaks really, you get into a bit of a run then the internationals come along. But everybody has to do it.
“I think all the managers would like more time after the internationals. We’ve had people flying back from America and Costa Rica and all over the place, but certainly having the game on Monday helps us. The players are mainly all back fit so we’ve no problems.
“Newcastle have got good players. Their two forwards are a handful in themselves and capable of scoring out of nothing as we’ve seen. Then they’ve got Ben Arfa and Cabaye who are game-changing players so they’re a really talented group of individuals.
“That’s why they finished fifth in the Premier League last year.”
MAGAYE GUEYE attended a graduation ceremony to reward a group of young people who are helping to improve their local communities.
Everton in the Community, has been running a National Citizen Scheme with 35 young people who are looking to develop life skills and make a real difference locally.
The project has been running over the summer and involved the participants attending two week-long residential courses, where they learnt vital skills and were educated on identifying ways in which they can improve their surroundings.
For more information call Everton in the Community on 0151 530 5253.
NOT for the first time, Alan Pardew had managed to rub David Moyes up the wrong way.
Pardew’s pre-match proclamation that his Newcastle United side were operating in a different league to Everton raised the heckles of not only the manager, but much of the Goodison faithful.
One resounding win from Moyes’s men later, and it was the Scot who was left making the pointed remark.
“I thought we looked like the side who could quite easily have been pushing for the top-four place,” said the Goodison manager.
“We weren’t behind anybody else, we matched them.”
This was back in May on the final day of last season, when Everton’s 3-1 triumph ended the Toon Army’s lingering hopes of a top-four place and a chance of Champions League qualification.
If Newcastle had stumbled across the finishing line, Moyes’s men were frustrated the season was ending after finding an impressive vein of form.
Thankfully for Everton, it didn’t take long to regain that momentum, opening wins against Manchester United and Aston Villa laying down a significant marker for the rest of the Premier League.
Defeat last time out at West Bromwich Albion may have been a gentle reminder that feet must remain on the ground, but it hasn’t dispersed the feelgood factor that continues to be felt around Goodison, even withstanding Marouane Fellaini’s curiously-timed comments on his future over the weekend.
That, though, will be thoroughly tested when Pardew and his Newcastle side return to Goodison on Monday evening with the Magpies manager’s words in May now ringing hollow.
Far from operating in different leagues, Everton and their North East rivals are in the same fight for European qualification and with a genuine hope of sneaking the fourth and final Champions League qualification berth.
While Newcastle have suffered a few missteps already in the Premier League this season, their fortunes are expected to improve once they strike the right balance between domestic and Europa League commitments.
And Everton great Neville Southall strongly believes Monday’s meeting is between two sides who can scrap it out for a top-four finish.
“I think Everton have got a chance of finishing fourth,” says the Goodison legend.
“I think Spurs will struggle and they will take time to settle under Andre Villas-Boas.
“I don’t think Arsenal are going to finish in the top four, Liverpool will also take a while and then you’re just looking at Newcastle.
“Everton have got a good keeper, they’re decent at the back, they’re good in midfield and they can now score goals thanks to Jelavic.
NO-ONE has been more influential for Everton during their impressive start to the season than Marouane Fellaini.
But the Belgian didn’t even need to kick a ball last weekend to once again shape the mood at Goodison.
Fellaini’s declaration that he was in one of his last seasons at Everton and could even move away as soon as January sent a shockwave through the fanbase that continues to reverberate.
The player made a meek attempt to backtrack when the impact of his comments, said to an open press conference after training with Belgium on Sunday, became clear.
Fellaini, though, was fooling nobody. Now the proverbial cat is out of the bag, Everton can expect a season of speculation concerning the midfielder’s next move.
Of course, this will be nothing new, with Fellaini having long been linked with transfers to, among others, Chelsea and Real Madrid in campaigns past.
It’s perhaps inevitable that the hairy Belgian will move away from Goodison, David Moyes’s side, despite their very best efforts, unable to offer the regular Champions League football the player quite rightly regards himself now primed for.
Fellaini signed a new lucrative contract last November that made him the highest paid player at the club.
However, even the most ardent Evertonian would accept there was precious little chance of the midfielder seeing out the full length of that deal.
Everton have been good for Fellaini ever since his £15million arrival on transfer deadline day more than four years ago.
And during the last six months, the Belgian has blossomed into the player for which Moyes readily smashed the club’s transfer record.
January seems too soon for Fellaini to depart, no matter how Everton’s season transpires between now and the New Year.
But it will come.
The challenge for Everton now is to ensure they get the best price for the Belgian, a task for which they have plenty of previous success with the sales of Joleon Lescott, Mikel Arteta and, most recently, Jack Rodwell.
For now, though, Fellaini would be best served getting his head down, continuing his excellent early season form and ensuring Everton can command top dollar for a player who will now be very much in demand.
SYLVAIN DISTIN has urged Everton to show patience at Goodison next week or risk seeing their early-season momentum checked further.
David Moyes’s side entertain Newcastle United on Monday night in the Premier League looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season at West Bromwich Albion last time out.
Everton, who had beaten Manchester United and Aston Villa in their opening two games, had gone in goalless at half-time at the Hawthorns only to be caught on the counter-attack for Shane Long’s opener before ultimately slipping to a disappointing 2-0 loss.
Moyes admitted afterwards he was guilty of chasing victory with his substitutions rather than securing a hard-earned point.
Distin, though, believes the setback at least ensured Everton did not become carried away by their impressive start – and that a more considered approach can pay dividend against the Toon Army.
“At half-time against West Brom it was 0-0 and we wanted to win the game,” said the French centre-back. “Maybe we wanted to win too much, we were too impatient and in the end we paid for that mistake.
“Maybe that will have calmed everybody down – the players, the fans, everybody – and make us all a bit more realistic.
“We know we’re not going to win every single game but after those first two games against United and Villa, that’s what the feeling was.”
Distin acknowledged initial frustration at the international break that followed the loss at West Brom, but now feels the chance to regroup could have done Everton a favour.
“Straight after the West Brom game I felt like I wanted to play again. I wanted the Newcastle game to be the next day,” he said.
“It really felt like a bad day at the office but at the same time maybe the break will have done everyone some good.”
David Moyes could turn to former Aston Villa and West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger as a solution to his short-term midfield crisis.
The Everton boss is desperate for cover in the centre of the park after Ireland star Darron Gibson was ruled out for six weeks with a thigh strain.
That blow came after red tape cost Moyes the chance to close a deal for Bruges and Belgium international Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe on deadline day.
With another young midfield star, Ross Barkley, being loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday for a month earlier on Friday, Moyes is considering the Germany international.
Hitzlsperger, 30, is a free agent after being released by Wolfsburg in the summer so could be signed out of the transfer window on a short term deal.
Moyes will consider offering a player whose powerful shooting earned him the nicknamed Der Hammer at Villa a pay-as-you-play contract, with a view to a longer deal if he impresses.
The Everton boss has problems with his midfielders at present.
Marouane Fellaini is in hot water after suggesting - while away on international duty - that he was looking to leave Everton in the January transfer window.
The Blues boss hauled the Belgian over the coals when he returned to Goodison on Thursday following the international break, and it is believed Fellaini was fined in excess of £75,000 for his comments.
Moyes is disappointed because he made Fellaini Everton’s highest-ever paid player less than a year ago, and he sees him as central to his plans.
Speaking on Friday, the manager said: “We’ve had a chat about it, and any disciplinary action is between me and him. Sometimes maybe players can slip out of their guard and say things they shouldn’t.
“But where’s he going to go? I won’t say there’s no chance in the next window because everybody is available throughout the world if the offer is right.
“But one thing I know is the transfer window is closed, so he’s not going anywhere right now, and there’s three months to the next window, which is a long time.”
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a month's loan.
The highly-rated 18-year-old broke into the Toffees first team last season and has made 10 appearances in total, but so far this campaign he has played only in the Capital One Cup victory over Leyton Orient.
Manager David Moyes believes the teenager, who signed a new five-year contract in December, would benefit from a spell of regular football but the player remains a key part of the club's long-term future.
"We have been chasing Ross for some time and I'm really pleased to have him on board," Wednesday manager Dave Jones told swfc.co.uk.
"This is as big as the Rodri (Barcelona striker) signing for me because this lad is a real quality player.
"He's energetic, good in the air and a box to box player who can score a goal."
MAROUANE FELLAINI has been hauled over the coals by Everton boss David Moyes after saying in an interview he was ready to leave.
But Moyes stopped short of fining Fellaini – top earner at Goodison on £75,000 a week – who dropped his bombshell on international duty back home in Belgium.
The club record £15m capture, who signed a new five-year contract last year, claimed he would be off “in January or at the end of the season”.
Moyes said: “I think that what happened with Fellaini, he gets amongst international journalists and they massage his ego.
Sometimes maybe players can slip out of their guard and say things they shouldn’t.
“But one thing I know is the transfer window is closed, so he’s not going anywhere right now.
“We have had a chat about it, and any disciplinary action is between me and him.”
He could pursue an interest in Thomas Hitzlsperger, freed by Wolfsburg in the summer.
EVERTON may look to free agent Thomas Hitzlsperger to bolster their midfield.
Manager David Moyes, whose side meet Newcastle on Monday, also saw his loan deal for Club Brugge midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe fall through when FIFA refused to sanction the proposed switch.
Former Aston Villa and West Ham star Hitzlsperger, 30, was released by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg at the end of last season and remains without a club.
Moyes may also give a trial to ex-Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon.
Everton are considering a move for out of contract midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger to plug a worrying gap in their squad.
Manager David Moyes sanctioned a one-month loan for Ross Barkley to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday but will be without Darron Gibson for another two to three weeks, as the Republic of Ireland international recovers from a ruptured thigh.
Moyes had hoped to take Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, 23, on loan from Brugge but that move was thwarted by FIFA after the Belgian club submitted their paperwork for the deal after the transfer deadline had passed.
But Moyes has been looking at players without a club and it is possible that he will add Hitzlsperger, 30, who is a free agent after leaving Wolfsburg but has played in the Barclays Premier League with Aston Villa and West Ham, to his ranks.
'I'm a bit worried we do need cover,' said Moyes.
'I've got to look at players who are out of contract to give us some cover over the next few months. There are not many around but I am looking without having anything specific at this time.
"The time is right to further Ross's development. It's not ideal as we need another midfielder, but I have to think longer term and he is ready for proper football. I want to see how he develops.'
Marouane Fellaini, meanwhile, has received a dressing down from Moyes after telling a Belgian newspaper while he was away on international duty that he was thinking of leaving Everton in the next transfer window.
Club officials are furious with the lack of respect that Fellaini, who only signed a £75,000 per week contract last November, displayed and he was summoned by Moyes to explain himself at the club's Finch Farm training base upon his return.
Moyes was reluctant to go into detail about what he said but it is understood that Fellaini has not been fined.
'We've had a chat about it and any disciplinary action is between me and him,' said Moyes. 'Sometimes when players go away on international duty their egos are massaged and perhaps because they think they're speaking to different people and they let their guard down a bit.
'Where is he going to go? The transfer window is shut. I won't say there is no chance (of him leaving) in the next window because everybody is available throughout the world if the offer is right. But one thing I know is the transfer window is closed, so he's not going anywhere right now.
'There's three months to the next window, which is a long time. That's all I will say on the subject.'
Everton midfielder Darron Gibson will be out for four to five weeks with a thigh strain.
The 24-year-old has figured in all three of the Toffees' Barclays Premier League matches so far this season but was forced off 20 minutes into the first half of the most recent contest, a 2-0 defeat at West Brom on September 1.
Toffees boss David Moyes, however, remains hopeful the former Manchester United midfielder could make a quicker-than-expected return.
The Scot explained: 'Darron's got a thigh strain and will probably be out for four to five weeks now.
'He's had two weeks now so hopefully we are a couple of weeks down the line already because of the international break - so he may have only a couple of weeks to miss.'
Gibson recently told Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni he was still suffering from the disappointment of playing a limited role at the Euro 2012 finals and did not want to be considered for selection in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
'It is a concern for me because he has been very consistent and very good,' Moyes added.
'It is a blow but we will have to find ways of getting around it.
'The Ross Barkley situation leaves us a bit tight in certain areas but I've taken that decision.'
Earlier in the day Ross Barkley made his temporary move to Sheffield Wednesday and despite knowing the extent of Gibson's problem Moyes felt it served the 18-year-old's best interests - even if it weakened his own options.
'It would have been ideal if I had got another midfield player in (during the transfer window) because I wanted Ross's development to continue,' said Moyes.
'He is now ready, as I see it, to go into men's football after a few games for us but he needs to go play regularly.
'I've only let him go for a month to see how he goes on. It was difficult because we are a little bit short ourselves but I don't want him continually sitting on the bench.'
Everton manager David Moyes has admitted the thigh injury sustained by Darron Gibson gives him a problem for the upcoming few weeks.
Moyes confirmed the former Manchester United midfielder will probably miss two more weeks action with the thigh problem, sustained in Everton's first defeat of the season at West Brom.
And with Moyes having let prestigious young midfielder Ross Barkley go out on a month's loan to Sheffield Wednesday he said his squad is slightly stretched ahead of Monday night’s match against Newcastle at Goodison Park.
"It is a concern for me because he has been very consistent and very good,” Moyes said. "It is a blow but we will have to find ways of getting around it.
"The Ross Barkley situation leaves us a bit tight in certain areas but I've taken that decision."
Everton are considering signing former Aston Villa and West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsberger as David Moyes seeks more midfield cover.
Hitzlsberger, 30, is a free agent since being released by Wolfsburg over the summer.
Moyes suffered a setback in midweek when a loan move for Belgian Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, which had appeared to be agreed on deadline day, fell through.
FIFA refused to ratify the transfer because his club, Brugge, had not processed the necessary paperwork in time.
Moyes had already agreed to allow teenager Barkley to join Sheffield Wednesday on a month’s loan, so he has now turned to uncontracted players in an effort to bolster his squad.
"I feel we're a little short now in midfield, because Darron Gibson is out for a month, and I have to think longer term with Ross Barklay and look at his development, so it's time to allow him to go out on loan,” said Moyes.
"Because of the situation with Ross I'm a bit disappointed over losing Vadis, because I'm a bit worried we do need cover.
"I've possibly got to look at players now who are out of contract, to maybe give us some cover over the next few months.
"There are not many around, especially without contracts, which are the only players we can sign right now, but I am looking.”
One man he is adamant who won’t be leaving soon is Marouane Fellaini, who has been given short shrift by his manager following comments while on international duty about his potential departure.
"I think that's what happened with Fellaini, he gets amongst international journalists and they massage his egos,” said Moyes.
“Sometimes maybe players can slip out of their guard and say things they shouldn't.
“We've had a chat about it, and any disciplinary action is between me and him. These things happen, and we move on.”
Everton are planning a series of acts of remembrance on Monday night when they face Newcastle United at Goodison Park following the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel on Wednesday.
Messages of support for the families of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died will be highlighted on the club's jumbo screens for the evening of the game.
Everton are aware of the sensitivity of the next few days in light of the findings of the Hillsborough panel, which, after 23 years, exonerated Liverpool fans.
The report blamed the emergency services for the disaster that led to 96 fans dying, and proved that 41 could have been saved after the 3.15pm cut-off point that had been originally imposed by coroner Stefan Popper.
Darron Gibson will be out for a further two to three weeks with a thigh strain.
The Everton midfielder has figured in all three of the club's Premier League matches this season but was forced off 20 minutes into the first half of the most recent contest, a 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on 1 September.
The Everton manager, David Moyes, said: "Darron's got a thigh strain and will probably be out for four to five weeks. He's had two weeks now so hopefully we are a couple of weeks down the line already because of the international break – so he may have only a couple of weeks to miss.
"It is a concern for me because he has been very consistent and very good. It's a blow but we will have to find ways of getting around it."
Everton have loaned their 18-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley to Sheffield Wednesday for a month.