Everton are set to be without several key players in their final game of the season as they host Bournemouth, manager Sean Dyche confirmed today, in what could prove to be a slight boost to Leeds United’s chances of Premier League survival.
Leeds must beat Tottenham at Elland Road on Sunday whilst also hoping that Everton lose to Bournemouth and Leicester City either lose or draw to West Ham if they are to remain in the top-flight as Sunday’s action draws to a close.
While the chances of Whites manager Sam Allardyce repeating his famed ‘great escape’ act at the West Yorkshire club look near impossible, their hopes should be lifted slightly following Dyche’s pre-match press conference today.
The most significant injury information revealed by Dyche concerns Everton’s star-striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is unavailable for selection against the Cherries after suffering a season riddled with repeated fitness issues.
Defender Nathan Patterson is also set to miss out, with full-back Vitaliy Mykolenko a doubt – the Ukrainian international faces a fitness test tomorrow to assess his availability.
“They won’t be fit. We haven’t had Dom for two-thirds of my time here. Patto has more come in latterly, done well,” Dyche told the media.
“He’s [Mykolenko] a bit better, we’ll see how he reacts to training today.”
Ben Godfrey is also not fit enough to feature, whose versatility across the defensive line will be surely missed by Dyche’s side.
Given that the Merseyside club’s other full-backs – Seamus Coleman and Ruben Vinagre – are both unavailable due to injury, Dyche is left without any natural players in this position if Mykolenko is deemed unfit to play.
Whilst this may be just a small boost for Leeds it is a welcome one, with the Whites needing nothing short of a miracle if they are to secure their Premier League status on Sunday.