Everton boss Frank Lampard has confirmed that Abdoulaye Doucoure is still unavailable ahead of the derby with Liverpool today, writes the TBR.
The Toffees welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Goodison Park in a 12:30pm kickoff in the Premier League.
Everton were boosted by Doucoure’s return to training this week.
The 29-year-old picked up a knock in the Toffees’ second game of the Premier League season, against Aston Villa.
Doucoure went on to miss the three draws against Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Leeds United.
Midfield depth has been a big problem for the Everton boss already this season.
Therefore, Doucoure’s reintroduction into first-team action has come as a relief.
The Liverpool Echo reported: ‘Doucoure looked to have gone through some light work – including a game of rock, paper, scissors with Garner – but was involved with the rest of the squad rather than alone, providing another promising sign of his nearing return.
However, the Liverpool derby has come just a bit too early for the £120,000-a-week star to make a return.
At his press conference on Friday, Lampard said, as per the Liverpool Echo: “We where we were.
“Doucoure trained today but it’s his first day of training with the group so he won’t be in the squad tomorrow.”
Everton’s two deadline day signings, Idrissa Gueye and James Garner, were both involved in training less than 24 hours after officially joining the club.
Likewise, Neal Maupay was involved, and after the Bank Holiday delay, is now eligible to make his Everton debut.