Big Sam to rest stars


Sam Allardyce has revealed he will be resting his star men when Everton take on Apollon Limassol in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Toffees have no chance of progressing following a miserable campaign and with the Merseyside derby coming up this weekend, Allardyce will be taking no chances.

It means the likes of Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson will not even travel, and Allardyce has told the fans he would not blame them if they stayed at home as well.

“It is a dead rubber,” Allardyce revealed. “I would suggest to the fans that if you are going to spend some money to go and watch them be mindful that I am going to send a team that is not going to be risking too many players who are going to be involved for Liverpool.

“It would be foolish of me to consider getting a player injured in that game and not have him available. I have too many injuries already.”

Even so, it does present an opportunity for one or two to play their way into the thoughts of Allardyce.

“There’s a lot more players who are injured to get fit and into the side and there’s quite a few players who have been fringe and squad players who have the opportunity to impress as much as they can over the next few weeks,” added Allardyce.