What The Papers Say - 27 September

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Evertonians breathed a sigh of relief after manager Rafa Benitez confirmed to the press that Andros Townsend was not injured during Saturday's win over Norwich City.

Patrick Boyland of The Athletic reported that the Everton winger immediately met medical staff in the tunnel following his substitution in the 76th minute.

However, Benitez confirmed the 30-year-old was tired and there was cause for concern. 

“We were talking about needing fresh legs and who could be most tired,” the Everton boss stated, as quoted by the online outlet.

“He made a run of 30 metres following a player so that was very clear. When I asked him at the end, he told me, ‘Yes, I was really tired’. It’s the way to protect your players.”

From one matchday to the next, the Liverpool Echo speculates who could come into the side for this weekend's trip to Old Trafford.

Seamus Coleman is one of the names mentioned who could return for the Blues to face Manchester United.

However, the captain hasn't featured since the 3-1 win over Burnley but may still be struggling with a hamstring injury suffered on international duty at the beginning of the month.

The paper also wonders if Asmir Begovic comes into the side to replace Jordan Pickford.

The England international returned for the win over Norwich City but appeared to be struggling still with a shoulder injury, having received treatment during the win at Goodison Park.

On to transfer news and TRANSFERmarketWEB reports that Everton are preparing to make an attempt in January to sign Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The England international was vocal on social media in the final days of the summer transfer window on his desire to play regular first-team football.

The outlet speculates that the 24-year-old could be a possible alternative to Coleman at right-back.