Everton will be without Andre Gomes this weekend and, in all likeliness, for the rest of the season after the Portuguese international suffered a horror injury against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
It leaves Everton with a big hole in the middle of the park and Marco Silva must now decide how he fills it.
One thing he must do is resist the urge to bring French international Morgan Schneiderlin back in from the cold.
Schneiderlin was an ever-present in Everton’s horrific run of form this season. He has so far played in six Premier League games and Everton lost five of them. The only time he has not lost in the league this season was in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace – a game in which he received a red card.
The £22 million (fee reported by BBC) signing from Manchester United in 2017 has had an up-and-down time since arriving at Goodison Park but this season he has performed poorly when given a chance.
His negative sideways passing style has left Everton lacking in the middle of the park and they have looked far better with Tom Davies taking his spot.
The way Schneiderlin has been playing, Everton would even be better off giving a youngster like Anthony Gordon, Beni Baningime or Dennis Adeniran a chance over the 29-year-old who is desperately out of form at Goodison Park.