Good evening, Everton fans. Here are your headlines for Sunday, November 29.
Lucas Digne sends message as he begins road to recovery
Everton left-back Lucas Digne has taken to social media to share the first steps of his recovery from an ankle injury.
The France international was absent for yesterday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Leeds United and isn’t expected to make his return until 2021, having been ruled out for up to two months.
The clip, shared on social media, showed his left ankle in a protective boot at Finch Farm.
It was captioned with a simple message: "Everything starts here."
Here’s the full story.
Holgate gives fitness update after return
After suffering a toe injury in pre-season, Mason Holgate has played a peripheral role for Everton so far this season.
But he was able to be drafted into Carlo Ancelotti ’s starting XI for the clash with Leeds, only his second appearance of the season, three weeks after last appearing against Manchester United.
The 24-year-old centre-back says that he’s feeling fit again now, in spite of the disappointing result against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
"I felt comfortable, I’ve had a good few weeks training now," he said post-match. "I’m feeling fitter. Obviously, you’re not going to be 100 per cent because that comes with matches.
"To be able to get matches in now is good and, hopefully, we can now get a few wins on the board."
Here’s what he said in full.
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Moments missed from the Leeds defeat
Raphinha’s 79th-minute match-winner means Everton fans are unlikely to want to relive too much of Saturday’s defeat to Leeds.
The Brazilian winger scored the only goal of the game late on at Goodison Park, giving the Whites a first ever Premier League win away to the Blues.
But it was an interesting tactical contest as Ancelotti’s side faced off against the unorthodox man-marking system deployed by Bielsa.
The ECHO's Everton reporter Adam Jones was on hand at Goodison yesterday to pick up on some of the interesting moments you might have missed from the defeat.
Chairman Bill Kenwright made his way to his seat in the directors' box by clapping along to "Spirit Of The Blues", watching on as Holgate was given the captain’s armband for the first time, the fourth skipper in as many matches.
As a difficult match wore on, there was plenty of frustration from Richarlison and James Rodriguez as moves in the final third broke down due to misplaced passed, which was evident from their body language.