Everton v Wolves Team News
Everton will be without Jean-Philippe Gbamin for the visit of Wolves on Sunday.
Gbamin faces around two months on the sidelines after sustaining a thigh injury in training and his absence comes as a big blow to Everton manager Marco Silva.
The Ivory Coast international was brought in from German club Mainz in a £25million deal as a replacement for Idrissa Gueye, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, and he had made an impressive start to life in the Premier League.
Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin returned to the starting XI following suspension in Gbamin’s absence in the 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the last round of Premier League games and may retain his place.
Silva also has the option of handing a first league start to Fabian Delph after his summer arrival from Manchester City. Delph has yet to play in the Premier League for the Merseyside outfit but made a comeback from a groin injury in the EFL Cup win over Lincoln on Wednesday.
Everton also have concerns over back-up keeper Jonas Lossl as he is struggling with a calf injury and may miss out on a place in the squad for the third game in a row.
Wolves go into the game at Goodison Park on the back of a 2-1 win over Italy’s Torino as they secured a place in the Europa League group stages, and Silva is expecting a stern test on Sunday.
“They [are] a strong team, a solid team, they are really strong in a counter-attack, they will be solid every time, waiting for the right moment in a counter-attack to create problems for us and in set-pieces as well,” he said.
“For us to play in our way, we have to be always in a good balance, prepare well in our attacking moments but be ready to lose the ball because in that moment they are really strong.”
Wolves were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley in the game immediately after the first leg of their double header with Torino and manager Nuno Espirito Santo may be tempted to make a few changes for the trip to Everton.
Matt Doherty, Ruben Neves and Ryan Bennett didn’t feature against Il Toro and could return to the starting side, while Adama Traore impressed against the Italians – setting up Raul Jimenez for the opener – and is pushing for a first league start of the season.