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Everton team news: defender set for fitness test, midfielder needs operation

Everton team news ahead of their clash with Manchester United at Goodison Park.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti will assess Lucas Digne ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United, as the defender aims to return to action.

BBC Sport understands that the fullback will be monitored by the Toffees, as the Frenchman missed their defeat to Arsenal last weekend with a muscle strain.

Digne has been a key figure for Everton this season, as the defender also enhances their attacking play with his ability to create chances from the left.

Morgan Schneiderlin will definitely miss out on facing his former club though, as the midfielder underwent knee surgery after suffering a torn meniscus last Sunday.

Everton are boosted by the return of Andre Gomes though, following a lengthy spell on the sideline, and the midfielder could start against United.

Theo Walcott could also feature, as Ancelotti’s side look to return to the top half of the Premier League table.

Everton are currently 11th, just five points off United who are in 5th place and in prime position to challenge the top four.

The Toffees hopes of securing a place in Europe next season are still alive, given how close they are to the teams above them in the league.

A victory on Sunday would go a long way to boosting their chances of climbing the table, and recent form in this fixture will give the home side hope.

Everton picked up a point at Old Trafford earlier this season and have won four of the last seven meetings with United at Goodison Park, including a 4-0 hammering last season.

The Toffees are also on a run of six games unbeaten at home in the Premier League, something they will be looking to continue on Sunday afternoon.

If Ancelotti can steer his men to victory this weekend, it could spark life into Everton’s hopes of snatching a place in Europe next season.

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