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Reason behind Moise Kean’s Southampton exclusion revealed

Italian striker was late for a pre-match team meeting ahead of the victory at St Mary’s

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Kean travelled to Southampton but was not included in the 18-man squad
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Everton striker Moise Kean was left out of Marco Silva’s matchday squad for Saturday’s 2-1 win at Southampton following a breach of club rules.

Kean, 19, did not arrive for a team meeting prior to the match according to the Liverpool Echo, who also say this is the second time this season he has done this.

Consequently, Silva chose to leave the £27 million signing from Juventus, who has yet to score for Everton, out of his team altogether, despite Kean making the journey to St Mary’s Stadium with the rest of the squad.

The Echo adds that Kean has apologised to his manager and team-mates, with the issue now put to bed.

In his post-match comments after the Southampton victory, Silva mentioned that he was impressed with how Kean had responded to the decision to drop him entirely:

“[His reaction was] really good. For sure, he will react stronger the next training sessions when he will be with us.

“Moise is working really hard. He is a young boy with a very good quality as well, doing his best to adapt as fast as we can to a different football as well.

“He has all of my support and my staff and his team-mates to keep growing. For sure he will do that and in some weeks and some months you will see Moise in a better level for sure.”

Kean was also left out of the Italy squad by manager Roberto Mancini for Euro 2020 qualifiers in September having also been late for a team meeting in the under-21s European Championships in June.