Date: 8th April 2019 at 8:15pm
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Morgan Schneiderlin could return in time to face Fulham on Saturday, with Marco Silva revealing that the Everton midfielder is “recovering” after having “twisted his ankle”. He told Liverpool Echo: “He twisted his ankle in the Friday in the last sessions before the West Ham game. He has a small issue in his ankle, he is recovering now but this week we will have him again.”

Schneiderlin missed the Toffees’ last two Premier League games against West Ham United & Arsenal and has struggled for playing time in 2019. The 29-year-old has made 12 appearances in all competitions this season, only three of which have come since the turn of the year.

In the league, he’s made six starts, 32 passes-per-game with 86% accuracy and has averaged a tackle (12) or interception (10) every 22 minutes. Schneiderlin has made a total of 66 appearances in all competitions since joining Everton from Manchester United in 2017.

His contract at Goodison Park has two years to run, but his future at the club is uncertain as he’s fallen down the pecking order. Andre Gomes, Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies have been preferred in midfield under Silva, so it’s unlikely Schneiderlin would start against Fulham regardless of his recovery.

Everton are ninth in the Premier League with 46 points from 33 games this season. The Toffees are coming off the back of three consecutive wins over Chelsea (2-0), West Ham United (2-0) and Arsenal (1-0) and could move into seventh in the table if they beat Fulham.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article