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Silva unconcerned by Digne injury scare

19th August 2019, 10:01

Everton boss Marco Silva remains optimistic over Lucas Digne's chances of overcoming muscle fatigue in time to face Aston Villa on Friday.

The Frenchman picked up a knock during the second half of the Toffees’ 1-0 home win over Watford on Saturday and was withdrawn with 17 minutes left on the clock.

The 26-year-old had a problem with his leg and asked to be taken off, but Silva played down any fears that Digne could be out for an extended period of time.

He told Evertontv: “We hope it is nothing really special. He started to feel a bit more tired [in the muscle] and gave the sign to me to make the change.

“Let’s see in the next few days [the extent of Digne’s problem] but we hope it is nothing special.”

Silva was preparing to introduce new signing Alex Iowbi off the bench when Digne asked to come off so he used his final substitution by sending on Mason Holgate and switching Seamus Coleman to left-back.

The Toffees ran out 1-0 winners at Goodison Park thanks to Bernard’s early goal that was set up by a superb 50-yard raking pass from Digne that sent the Brazilian scurrying beyond the Watford backline.

The Everton defence then withstood some late pressure from the Hornets to record their second clean sheet of the season – and the eighth from their last 10 Premier League games.  

Digne, who was voted Everton’s player and players’ player of the season in his first campaign with the club last term, has played in all of those matches so his fitness could be crucial for the rest of the campaign.

He has had hamstring issues throughout his career, missing five matches for Barcelona in March 2018 with a flare-up, but managed a similar situation last season really well.

He limped out of France’s final training session before their Euro 2020 victory over Moldova in March and missed the match, but did start for Everton against West Ham a few days later.

Digne, together with goalscorer Bernard and ex-Barcelona team-mate Lucas Gomes, took to social media to express his delight at helping Everton secure their first three-point haul of the new season on Saturday and will be looking to earn a first away win at Villa Park on Friday. 

 

 

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

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