Everton to give Leon Osman a summer testimonial

Chris Brunskill

The long-serving Everton midfielder will be rewarded this summer with a testimonial match.

Leon Osman has been given a testimonial match by Everton, which will be held this summer at Goodison Park. The 32-year-old midfielder is closing in on 400 appearances for the club and his service and loyalty will be rewarded during the pre-season.

Surprising? A little, but considering how long Osman has been with Everton, it makes sense. It's also a great chance to raise some money for charity as money from the testimonial will benefit the Claire House Children's Hospice and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Osman started against Arsenal on Sunday but was withdrawn after seven minutes due to an injury. A clash with Gunners' defender Bacary Sagna left the midfielder with a black eye and a nasty cut above his left eye that required five stitches. Osman is also suffering from concussion symptoms in the wake of the challenge, but is still expected to be available for next weekend's match at Sunderland.

So what do you think Evertonians? Does Osman deserve a testimonial?

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