Everton team news: Sean Dyche reveals key duo could return against Sheffield United this weekend

The Everton manager spoke to the media ahead of their trip to Sheffield United this weekend.
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Sean Dyche confirmed that it will be ‘touch-and-go’ for Saturday’s Premier League match at Sheffield United for Dwight McNeil and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is back in training following a cheekbone injury.

However, the Everton boss was in good spirits after his side came from behind to beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 in the EFL Cup on Wedneday night to record their first victory of the season.

A goal on debut from new signing Beto helped to turn around Everton’s fortunes. The Portuguese striker scored the equaliser before a late Arnaut Danjuma goal completed a turnaround.

It should be a big confidence boost ahead of their Premier League game at the weekend as they face Sheffield United before the international break.

However, Dyche still has plenty of injuries to contend with, plus a few players could depart the club before the transfer window closes on Friday, which could complicate matters.

In terms of injuries, Calvert-Lewin has seen a specialist regarding the fractured cheekbone he suffered in the 4-0 loss to Aston Villa on 20 August and Dyche revealed he won’t require surgery.

The good news is that he has trained on his own to maintain his fitness and Dyche went onto say it was ‘touch-and-go’ for the weekend.

Dwight McNeil has also recovered well from an ankle ligament injury and trained with the squad on Thursday, and could be involved at the weekend.

Summer signing Jack Harrison is still building his fitness back up after a long-term injury and Dyche confirmed he is still working with the sports science team on his own.

There’s also Andre Gomes (calf) and Dele Alli (fitness) who are still unavailable as Dyche failed to comment on either player.

In terms of transfers, Alex Iwobi is close to agreeing a move to Fulham, Demarai Gray is still being linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, Neal Maupay, Tom Cannon and even Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who has played just six times since 2019, could also depart the club.