Rafael Benitez won’t be able to call upon any returnees for Everton’s Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool on Wednesday night.
The Spaniard told the press on Tuesday afternoon that “the group of players are the same” that he had available for the defeat at Brentford on Sunday, which means that Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina, Tom Davies and Andre Gomes all remain sidelined.
There is some positive news, though, with the manager confirming that Gomes has returned to training. Richarlison will also be back from the yellow card suspension that kept him out last weekend.
Can Everton halt the slide against the Reds?
Everton are going in search of their first win since they beat Norwich City 2-0 towards the end of September. Liverpool, who are just two points off top spot, represent a daunting opponent, having scored 10 goals without reply in their three matches since the November international break.
The official Everton Twitter channel posted a clip of Benitez’s team news update ahead of the derby, and here’s how some Toffees fans reacted.
Many Everton fans bemoan Mersey derby team news
“If Rondon and iwobi start tomorrow I won’t go to another game this season. Period.”
“Mate how is Yerry still not fit??? He’s been back in training for about 3 weeks”
“No DCL or Mina… I hope this is another Rafa lie”
“Ah, so his plan to Torres the life out of DCL with an early return didn’t work then”
“We are doomed”
“Swear Mina is just a permanent injury”
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