Everton have confirmed that Michael Keane ‘sustained’ an eye injury after Wednesday’s goalless draw with Wigan Athletic. The 26-year-old was required to have stitches and may be a doubt for Everton’s opening Opel Cup clash on Saturday. Keane is being assessed at USM Finch Farm.
The Opel Cup begins on July 27 at the 34,000 capacity Open Arena in Mainz, Germany and will involve Everton, Sevilla and Mainz. The teams will play each other for an hour (two halves of 30 minutes). The tournament will start and finish on the same day.
Everton have played four pre-season friendlies this summer – Kariobangi Sharks (Sunday, July 7), FC Sion (Sunday, July 14), AS Monaco (Friday, July 19), Wigan Athletic (Wednesday, July 24) – and will lock horns with Werder Bremen (Saturday, August 3) after the Open Cup.
Although Keane’s injury is said to be relatively minor, Everton can’t be without him this season. The Toffees are short on centre-backs ahead of the 2019/20 campaign – Marco Silva only has Keane, Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate to choose from.
Everton will give an update on Keane’s progress before the tournament starts this weekend.