Everton have this afternoon been dealt a blow on the injury front, during the first-half of the club’s meeting with Manchester United.
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Carlo Ancelotti’s men are currently locked in Premier League action with the Red Devils at Goodison Park.
Everton headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back performance, on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Arsenal last time out.
This brought to an end a fine vein of form on the part of the Merseyside outfit, which had seen them go undefeated since the beginning of the year, and rack up consecutive wins over Watford and Crystal Palace.
And the Toffees’ hopes of getting back on track could not have gotten off to a much better start this afternoon.
With just 3 minutes on the clock, after dawdling on the ball for far too long, David de Gea inexplicably directed his clearance into the boot of the arriving Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with the ball having rebounded into the Manchester United net to hand Everton the lead.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, though, grew into proceedings as the clash wore on, eventually leading to the Red Devils deservedly levelling things up just past the half-hour mark.
A poorly-worked move out from the back on the part of Everton saw the ball break for Bruno Fernandes, who’s long-distance drive beat the despairing Jordan Pickford at his near-post.
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The two sides have since headed into the break with the scoreline at one apiece.
As outlined above, meanwhile, as well as surrendering their early advantage, Carlo Ancelotti’s hosts were also dealt a blow on the personnel front during the opening 45 minutes this afternoon.
The player to have picked up the problem was Seamus Coleman.
With 28 minutes on the clock, Irish international Coleman went to ground away from the ball, with what appeared to be a muscle issue.
The experienced stopper immediately signalled to the bench that he would not be able to continue, with Djibril Sidibe having subsequently been introduced in Coleman’s place.
Everton now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of their ever-reliable right-back’s latest fitness issue.