Duncan Ferguson says Everton are “hopeful” of Gylfi Sigurdsson returning in time to face Leicester City on Wednesday evening. The 30-year-old has been struggling with an illness and is doubtful ahead of Everton’s midweek EFL Cup clash.
Sigurdsson missed the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, forcing Ferguson to start Mason Holgate in a makeshift midfield role alongside Tom Davies, but it remains to be seen if he’s recovered in time. Ferguson admitted in Tuesday’s pre-match press conference that it will “go right to the wire”.
He said: “We’re hopeful on Gylfi. We’ll wait and see. That’ll go right to the wire, I think.” Everton are suffering a real injury crisis in midfield. The Blues are already without Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh), Andre Gomes (ankle), Morgan Schneiderlin (calf) and Fabian Delph (doubtful), so Holgate may be called upon again.
Sigurdsson had been playing in a deep-lying role prior to his injury, highlighting how few options Everton have left. Ferguson will be desperate to have his senior players back, but supporters may not know if the Icelandic international has passed a late fitness test until the team news comes out on Wednesday night.
How will Everton fare against Leicester City?
Victory for Everton against Leicester will see them book their place in the EFL Cup semi-final.