Koeman short of defensive options ahead of Europa game

Everton will be without Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka for this evening’s Europa League match against Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park.

What’s wrong?

Manager Ronald Koeman confirmed to the media in a press conference on Wednesday that Keane is sidelined with an ankle injury, while Jagielka is yet to overcome a thigh problem.

The pressure is on the Merseyside outfit to get a result following their opening match, which ended in a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta.

Overall, it has not been an ideal start to the season for the Toffees, who have claimed six wins in 12 games in all competitions.

The team have struggled for firepower up front, which led to forgotten man Oumar Niasse being given a chance, and he certainly took it by scoring three goals in his last two performances.

The striker is ineligible to play this evening as he was not included in Koeman’s initial Europa squad.

It seems that problems have now stretched to the back of the pitch due to the fact that two key defenders are missing.

Who can fill in?

In terms of experienced options, other than Ashley Williams, Everton do not have many available.

Ramiro Funes Mori remains on the treatment table, which likely means that Koeman will have to call on his younger defenders.

Mason Holgate is likely to partner Williams at the back given that he has already played 90 minutes in the Europa League this season.

England Under-21 international Jonjoe Kenny is also an option, but he is likely to be lower down in the pecking order.