Idrissa Gueye has been a key man in Everton’s midfield since joining the Toffees in the summer of 2016 but he may well be missing for Palace’s visit to Goodison Park next Sunday after being forced off with an injury in Senegal’s victory over Sudan on Saturday night.
Known for his dynamism in the middle of the park, Gueye’s absence would certainly be a big miss for Marco Silva’s men but with numerous first-teamers thought to be closing in on a return for the hosts, it’s the sort of niggling problem which is likely to be met with relief in SE25.
Whilst normally there would be no way knowing how badly the ankle issue had affected Gueye until the usual round of pre-match Premier League press conferences, Senegal are actually scheduled to play Sudan again on Tuesday evening, with Idrissa’s selection or omission likely to give a good steer on whether or not he’ll be fit to face the Eagles this weekend.
Palace have picked up just two wins in their opening eight Premier League fixtures, scoring a measly five goals in that time; a run which has heaped pressure onto the shoulders of Roy Hodgson ahead of this Sunday’s trip to Merseyside. Still outside the bottom three thanks to woeful starts from the likes of Huddersfield, Newcastle and Cardiff, things are set to even harder for Palace in the coming weeks with games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United following on from this weekend’s clash.
After a patchy start to the season, Everton find themselves in 11th place coming back from the international break after momentum-building back-to-back wins at home to Fulham and away to Leicester in the Premier League, leaving their fan-base hoping that Gueye’s potential absence won’t impact too heavily on their chances of making it three victories on the spin.
It’s certainly a daunting prospect for Roy and his players; keep your eyes peeled for Senegal’s team selection tomorrow evening.