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Knee injury rules James McCarthy out of Everton opener

Knee injury rules James McCarthy out of Everton opener

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye and Leighton Baines are joined in the middle of the park by Davy Klaassen on his debut, while Jordan Pickford also gets his first run-out between the sticks. "That is what we would like to show to everybody".

I have always been a fan of Everton Football Club so when the opportunity arose to come back to my boyhood club this summer, I jumped at it and the last few weeks have certainly lived up to my expectations.

While appreciating everyone has to face each other over the course of a campaign, having such a barrage of opponents so early in the season, will test the mental fortitude of Ronald Koeman's team.

"I expected to have offers because he made the decision not to sign a new contract but, if there is no interest, then he will stay and be part of the team and the best XI will start the game". Koeman has already concluded Wayne Rooney's days as a striker are over and he sees the returning Evertonian in a deeper role. We can improve and spend money but.

"A hard game, Stoke City is always a battle", he remarked. We must all concentrate on getting a good league run going and achieving some consistency in the Premier League.

Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are out injured and will not feature in the Premier League opener.




For visitors Stoke, the only players who will miss out are Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay who are both long term absentees. The Toffees will be favored to collect all three points in the friendly confines of Goodison Park, but expect it to be a close contest.

Only Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer (8) have scored more goals on Premier League opening day than Rooney (7). His last win was in 2009 as Manchester City manager.

Veteran Stoke striker Peter Crouch has been involved in 10 goals against Everton in his Premier League career (six goals, four assists) - only against Aston Villa (11) has he been involved in more.

United put all their eggs in a Europa League-shaped basket last season and it paid off as Mourinho led the club back into the Champions League with a 2-0 final win over Ajax.

Everton have signed a lot of players this summer, but not a lot of great players!


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