Everton manager Frank Lampard has issued a club statement with notable absentees ahead of a tricky Premier League tie with Crystal Palace on Thursday night.
The former Chelsea boss has stated that Michael Keane was absent in Everton’s defeat to Brentford over the weekend due to illness.
He has, however, revealed that Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina will be available for the Toffees ahead of their midweek game at Goodison Park after the duo remained sidelined due to injury.
Lampard’s side is facing a back line crisis after reliable centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite was given marching orders in Everton’s 3-2 defeat to the Bees on Sunday.
The loss to Brentford left Everton with only two points above the drop zone, but Lampard is optimistic Keane will be available for selection on Thursday to arguably help the rest of the squad secure a place in the Premier League next season.
“We will see. Michael was sick overnight, so we are hoping it is a short-term one and he will recover for Thursday. Otherwise, probably, our other centre-backs won’t be fit in time for that,” Lampard said.
The Everton boss went on: “We have three centre-halves out and it’s very hard to sustain results like that. We will fight until the end, no matter how many bodies we have left.
“The first 20 minutes felt comfortable. The crowd were flying. No complaints about the players. We just have to rest a bit, stay positive. It’s in our hands and we’ll go again.”
Frank Lampard will be looking to become a cult hero at Goodison Park by saving Everton from the chop.