Everton manager Marco Silva has commented on the injury blow suffered by Brazilian winger Bernard which looks set to keep him out of the side.
As per Everton’s website, Silva spoke about how much the midfielder would be missed during his time out with grade 2 medial ligament injury to his knee.
He said: “It is a blow for him and a blow for us. He was playing very well and helping the team, he is a very good player. But not just that, in my tactical point of view and our idea, he is a really important player – not just with the ball but without the ball.
“We will be as fast as we can as a club [to get him fit] and he will do the best for himself, I am 100 per cent sure, because he has the character and personality to do that. It is important for us to have him in his 100 per cent best condition as well.”
TBR’s View – Onus on Everton’s expensively assembled attack to pick up the slack
The incident which turned Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Brighton may have been unfortunate but the fact remains that Everton once more lost on the road and were unable to back up a strong home performance against West Ham.
That lack of consistency and persistent inability to win away from home has to change if Everton are to come close to realising their ambitions.
Bernard’s absence robs them of a bright, lively, versatile asset and it puts even more pressure on the costly options Silva has put together to start clicking sooner rather than later.