Everton U23 manager David Unsworth has told The Liverpool Echo that Morgan Feeney and Lewis Gibson have not suffered serious injuries. Unsworth has moved to ease concerns over their fitness.
Both Feeney and Gibson were substituted in the second half of Everton’s 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on Monday night. Gibson, who scored earlier in the game, was ill while Feeney was taken off as a precautionary measure.
Gibson’s goal helped Everton to a 2-1 win over Blackburn in the Premier League 2 clash. And both players contributed to a solid defensive performance for the current reigning champions of the U23 top division.
After the game, Unsworth told The Liverpool Echo: “Lewis is ill. He did brilliant to go back on in the second half. He wanted to give it a go after being sick at half-time. He made that decision which I respect. Morgan tweaked his knee but is fine.”
Both of these players should be back in time for Friday’s clash with Brighton. And this is not just good news for Unsworth and the U23s. Marco Silva should be keeping a close eye on both players – especially Gibson.
Feeney, 20, is probably worth a look in a cup game this season if Silva gets the chance. But Gibson is certainly on the fringe of the first-team. The 19-year-old is a left-back or a centre-back and he could be the next big thing at Everton.