Everton endured some nervy moments at Goodison Park in front of a fantastic midweek crowd of nearly 32,000 supporters, but came away with a 3-1 win over Rotherham United today.
The Blues now progress to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup, with the draw being conducted tomorrow evening live on television. After the game, manager Marco Silva gave a couple of injury updates. Of particular concern was Idrissa Gueye, who it was revealed just before kickoff tonight that the midfielder had injured his knee late in the draw over the weekend away at AFC Bournemouth.
Speaking about Gana, Silva said -
“He is improving and we will take his injury day by day.”
Hopefully his recovery timeline is in days and not weeks.
Meanwhile, Ademola Lookman has been widely expected to leave the club before the end of the week sees the closing of the German transfer window after RB Leipzig have continued their pursuit of the young winger.
The club had explained his absence on Saturday was due to a ‘groin injury’, and Silva added today that he expected him to resume training tomorrow.
“It’s not easy to lose my focus with these type of things. I understand football, the market, what’s happened. But since the market closed for us here, the focus is just one - to see what the best solution is for us as a club.”
Sandro Ramirez had one of his best games in an Everton shirt today, and the manager seemed to indicate that he wanted him to remain a Blue, which would explain why there’s no buyout clause in his rumoured loan deal with Real Sociedad.
“Even what’s happening in the next days with Sandro, tonight he showed me he’s a fantastic professional. I would like if he could stay in our squad because he’s a player I believe in.”
It was already a surprise seeing him lining up to play for the Blues tonight if his bags are indeed packed for Spain tomorrow, so it might not be as done and dusted as it looks.
Silva also commended the supporters who made it to the game, commending them for their commitment to his cause.
“The result is important for us. The support from our fans was fantastic. A Wednesday evening, the first game in the Cup and 31,000 is fantastic for us and it showed us they are behind us and believe in this squad.
“It’s never easy when you change eight players from one game to the next but everybody works in the same way and knows what they have to do. Some things to improve as well, we try to take this from the game.
“Kieran, Kenny as well, Tom it’s nothing new to but it was a good performance. It was our goal to get into the next round and we did everything we could to get there and we are happy.
“Dominic did well and it is important for a striker to score goals. There are some moments in which he can do better, for sure, but he only had a short pre-season. I am really pleased with him.”
The draw for the Third Round will be held tomorrow evening.