Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will be available for his side’s trip to Bournemouth on Saturday, having sat out the last two Premier League outings.
In his absence, the Toffees failed to find the back of the net, at home to Chelsea and most recently, away to West Bromwich Albion, with both encounters ending in a stalemate, although they maintained the Blues’ unbeaten start under Allardyce.
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Since returning to Goodison Park from Manchester United during the summer, Rooney has rediscovered his form and despite playing in a slightly more withdrawn role, has managed to find the back of the net 11 times from his 24 appearances in all competitions.
“Wayne is back from illness,” Everton boss Allardyce said in his pre-match press conference.
“He has been stuck in bed for three days. Any quality player who gets fit and returns is a big boost.”
Another Everton player who is expected to be fit for the weekend trip to Bournemouth should be midfielder James McCarthy, who has been sidelined by injuries this campaign which have restricted him to making just a single appearance so far, during Everton’s Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea back in October.
Influential midfielder Idrissa Gueye, however, is a doubt for Saturday, with Allardyce confirming that whilst the Senegal international is likely to be fit in time, he does not want to risk the 28-year-old and would rather have him available for the visit of Manchester United on New Year’s Day.
The returning Yannick Bolasie, who made his first Everton appearance in 12 months at the Hawthorns Stadium on Boxing Day, is once again available for his selection, having suffered no ill-effects from his 60-minute cameo on Tuesday.
“James should be training with us on Friday and should be fit for selection,” Allardyce confirmed.
“Yannick seems alright [from the West Brom game] as well. We will find out about Idrissa today. It might be a bit risky to play him against Bournemouth, in the hope that he will be ok for Manchester United.”
Allardyce has transformed Everton since taking over from Ronald Koeman at the end of November and has steered the Toffees well away from the relegation zone and into ninth place in the league standings, on 27 points.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, are embroiled in a relegation battle and currently find themselves in 18th place, having picked up just two points from their last five league matches.