What The Papers Say - 23 February

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Sean Dyche has called for clarity around Everton’s 10-point deduction over breaches of the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules, suggesting a quick decision is "for the greater good of football."

Everton were docked the points in November, and in January, along with Nottingham Forest, received another charge. 

The Club have appealed against the 10-point deduction and when asked for an update in Thursday’s pre-match press conference, Dyche, quoted by, responded: "We haven't got a clue, or I certainly haven't at the moment. The guidelines [for a decision] have been around the end of the month so we'll just have to wait and see.

"I don't know the legalities of appeals but it's in everyone's interests [for a quick resolution]. Firstly, our own. But for the greater good of football, everyone is scratching their heads and wondering.

"During that period, you still look at a league table where they took 10 points away immediately and you don't know what's happening with that 10 points.

"It would be helpful if it's sooner rather than later, but I don't know how the legal process works and why it takes so long."

The Blues face an away trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, and Sussex World provides an update on the team news for the hosts.

Roberto De Zerbi’s Seagulls look to be without Joao Pedro, Julio Enciso, Solly March, and Jack Hinshelwood for the weekend’s encounter, while Igor, Adam Webster, and Adam Lallana should be available after recently returning to fitness.

Elsewhere, former Blue Gerard Deulofeu has revealed concerns he may be forced to retire after suffering a serious knee injury.

The Spaniard, who first joined the Toffees for the 2013/14 season, is currently an Udinese player, but hasn’t featured for the Serie A club since January 2023.

Quoted by the Liverpool ECHO, Deulofeu told Jijantes’ Twitch channel: "For several months, I've known that I might not play again. I can't do what I love for a long time; I haven't played for over a year.

"I can't say much, but I'm going through an ordeal. You can't imagine what I'm going through. I'm trying to recover in every way, but I've accepted the idea that I may never recover.

"I had an injury in 2020, my knee was very traumatised, but I managed to recover. I then suffered another injury, for a third time and there were complications."