Everton have this afternoon been dealt a worrying blow on the personnel front, after Lucas Digne was forced off during the Toffees’ clash with Watford.
Everton scrape it
Marco Silva’s men welcomed the Hornets to Goodison Park a short time ago, for the respective clubs’ 2nd outing of the new campaign.
Both sides, meanwhile, headed into proceedings hoping to improve on their results from opening weekend.
Everton were held to a 0-0 stalemate at Crystal Palace, while Watford were thumped 3-0 by Brighton at Vicarage Road.
As such, a tight 90 minutes unsurprisingly ensued on Merseyside this afternoon, though it was the home side who eventually picked up all 3 points.
A solitary goal proved the difference for the Toffees when all was said and done, with Bernard having proven the match-winner.
A burst down the left flank on the part of the Brazilian with 10 minutes gone saw Bernard cut inside, before driving a superb effort home at Ben Foster’s near post.
An otherwise positive day for Everton, however, was dampened somewhat by a blow on the injury front.
The player to have picked up the problem was star defender Lucas Digne.
The French stopper, who picked up the assist for Bernard’s strike with an inch-perfect ball over the top, appeared to pick up a hamstring problem a little over 15 minutes from time.
This eventually saw Digne forced off, with Mason Holgate having come on in the former Barcelona man’s place.
73′ Digne has picked up an injury and won’t be able to continue. Holgate on at right-back, Coleman switches over to the left. #EVEWAT
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— Everton (@Everton) August 17, 2019
The Toffees’ faithful now look set for an anxious wait for an update on their left-back’s well-being.