Everton were this afternoon dealt a blow on the injury front, during the club’s meeting with Crystal Palace.
Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace
Carlo Ancelotti’s men welcomed the struggling Eagles to Goodison Park a short time ago, for a Premier League clash.
The two sides headed into proceedings on altogether-differing runs of form.
Hosts Everton had looked largely-improved of late, with a 4-game unbeaten streak, including a remarkable comeback victory over Watford last time out, having seen Carlo Ancelotti’s men climb into the top half of the table.
Crystal Palace, on the other hand, had not secured a Premier League win since the end of December.
This worrying spell had seen the capital outfit slip into the bottom half, and further towards the relegation zone.
As such, when all was said and done on Merseyside this afternoon, it came as little surprise to see Everton emerge with all 3 points.
An entertaining affair, during which the two sides exchanged chances, eventually saw the hosts secure a deserved 3-1 win.
Bernard opened the afternoon’s scoring in style inside 20 minutes, before Christian Benteke’s tame effort somehow made its way past Jordan Pickford to level things up shortly after the interval.
A sensational Richarlison run and finish just before the hour mark, though, turned the clash back in Everton’s favour, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin made sure of the Toffees’ 3 points 2 minutes from time.
6 – Since Carlo Ancelotti’s first Premier League game in charge of Everton, only Sergio Aguero (7) has scored more goals in the competition than Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Super. #EVECRY
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 8, 2020
As outlined above, though, an otherwise positive day’s work for Everton was soured ever so slightly by a blow on the personnel front.
With 25 minutes on the clock, Theo Walcott, who has been in fine form of late, and set up Bernard’s opener, went to ground with a problem.
The hosts’ medical team quickly tended to the former Arsenal man, but, following a quick check-up, Walcott was forced to limp off.
26′ A real shame for Walcott, who is having to come off after picking up a knock. Brilliant work for the opener! 👏
Sidibe will be his replacement. #EVECRY
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— Everton (@Everton) February 8, 2020
It remains to be seen whether the oft-injured wide-man now faces an extended spell on the sidelines.