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Silva keeping his squad options open for this weekend

Manager’s comments ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash

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Another interminably long international break is over and the Blues are in surprisingly good shape with only Idrissa Gueye carrying a minor niggle back from national team duty.

Gana had hobbled off before the break in Senegal’s first game after scoring for his country, and the Everton manager Marco Silva mentioned he would be doubtful for Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace.

“It’s a problem. We have one more day tomorrow too, and the day on Sunday as well to decide.

“He’s getting better, but we’ll have more hours to decide whether he’s in good condition or not.”

The trio of Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and James McCarthy have all been participating fully in training, and Silva will have to make some tough choices this weekend for his matchday eighteen. He was asked if it has been frustrating waiting for these players to get fit to see what he had on his hands -

“Of course. Not just them three, for me as a coach and for all of us, it’s better when you have all the players available to play. To work here with the strong competition between them, and to work together to achieve what we want.

“It’s a good headache to decide the squad list and the starting eleven. In this way you can grow as a club and as a squad as well. Everything looks different now. I hope everything continues in this way because they are getting a good fit, the competition is getting harder for them, and it’s important for us.”

When pressed if any of the three would actually play, Silva remained non-committal -

“It’s possible. Andre is working hard and well, he is completely fit, Mina as well.

“Obviously with James is a little different but he is enjoying working.

“It is important for the players to work hard to achieve what they want. Not only for Mina but for players like Jagielka and Mason too.”