Everton’s Lucas Digne was mightily impressive during the Toffees’ drubbing of Manchester United last weekend but it sounds as though the Frenchman is now a minor doubt for their trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday.
The defender grabbed a goal and won Man of the Match against Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s men at Goodison Park on Sunday but was forced to leave the field after 85 minutes, prompting the press to immediately question boss Marco Silva about his potential absence for Everton’s upcoming trip to Selhurst Park.
In all fairness, the Portuguese didn’t sound overly concerned about Digne’s long-term well-being, stating that the knock he sustained “wasn’t too worrying” with Richarlison’s injury (he was replaced by Theo Walcott just six minutes into the second half) seen as the more “painful” of the two injury concerns.
With Palace’s Premier League safety having now been mathematically confirmed for another year following their 3-2 victory away at Arsenal on Sunday, they head into the game against Everton with the pressure off; a fact which should hopefully lead to an improved home display after a campaign of misfires in SE25. Indeed, the Eagles have now picked up 10 points more on their travels than at home, scoring 15 more goals in the process.
It’s an issue that supporters, players and the club’s coaching staff are keen to rectify but with little to no logic behind the disparity in form, we have little choice but to wait and hope for a change of fortune when the Toffees come to town. In fairness, their season has been something of a mixed back and even though they come into this weekend’s game in fine form, winning four of their last five games, away from home, they’ve been nowhere near as impressive as at Goodison.
Whilst you never want to wish injury on any player, it goes without saying that our task would be made more straightforward by not having to deal with either Digne or Richarlison; for now though, we’ll just have to wait and see what the next few days bring.