Date: 20th March 2019 at 8:30am
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According to the Liverpool Echo, Idrissa Gueye has a minor ankle injury that Everton will keep an eye on during the international break. The 29-year-old picked up the knock in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea but was able to see out the game after receiving treatment.

Gueye still travelled with the Senegalese national team for their upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar and friendly against Mali, so his ankle isn’t enough of a problem to rule him out of action. Marco Silva will be hoping he gets through the international break unscathed ahead of their meeting with West Ham United on March 30.

The central midfielder has been an important player for Everton this season, making 28 appearances in all competitions. Gueye has formed a formidable partnership alongside Andre Gomes and is one of the best ball-winners in the Premier League. He’s averaged a tackle (108) or interception (57) every 14 minutes.

It’s no surprise that the Toffees have dropped points in four of the five games he’s missed – 1-1 vs Huddersfield Town (September 1, 2018), 1-3 vs Manchester City (December 15), 2-6 vs Tottenham Hotspur (December 23), 1-0 vs Huddersfield Town (January 29, 2019), 1-3 vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (February 2).

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