Iwobi may feature against Southampton – Everton


Alex Iwobi could be a surprise inclusion in Saturday’s match-day squad after Frank Lampard said the midfielder will undergo a late assessment on his injured ankle to see if he can play against Southampton.

Iwobi was carried off the pitch at Old Trafford on a stretcher last Friday after awkwardly rolling his ankle in a tackle from Tyrell Malacia and the diagnosis following scans at Finch Farm was that he would be out for three weeks.

“It’s a lesser injury than what we thought so we’ll see if he’s ready to play in the morning,” Lampard said during his press conference today ahead of what is a massive game against another side struggling at the bottom of the Premier League.

As a key member of the side and the Blues’ most creative outlet, Lampard could ill afford to lose Iwobi, particularly as incoming transfers have been slow in arriving this month.

Iwobi is Everton’s chief chance creator and one of their hardest-working players but Abdoulaye Doucouré is on standby to deputise having performed well as the Nigerian international’s replacement in the cup defeat to Manchester United.

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