Everton will be looking to progress in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, as they welcome Watford to Goodison Park.

The two Premier League clubs go head-to-head in the fourth round of the competition, with the Toffees hoping to put their weekend woes behind them.

In preparation for the visit of Watford in midweek, Everton saw a 2-1 lead slip away to Brighton on Saturday afternoon.

Marco Silva was left raging as a VAR decision awarded the home side a penalty with 10 minutes of the contest remaining, as Toffees defender Michael Keane was adjudged to have committed a foul.

Everton were pegged back as the spot kick was converted, before Lucas Digne found the back of his own net in the fourth minute of added time, sealing a fifth defeat in seven games.

It was a damaging afternoon for the Toffees in more ways than one, as Bernard left the field injured after just half an hour.

Everton have confirmed via their official website that the attacking midfielder will miss the cup tie with Watford, after scans revealed a Grade 2 MCL tear.

Bernard is likely to be sidelined for a lengthy period, although a timeframe is yet to be touted for the knee injury.

It does give an opportunity for Moise Kean to force his way into the Everton line-up though, with the summer signing making just three starts so far this season.

The Toffees will be hopeful that Yerry Mina will be involved on Tuesday evening, as the defender missed Saturday’s defeat due to a minor injury picked up in training.

The Columbian central defender is an integral part of Everton’s defensive make-up, and his presence was sorely missed at the weekend.

Silva’s side have seen off Lincoln City and Sheffield Wednesday in the previous rounds of the competition, and will be out to extend their run at Goodison Park.

Everton will see the cup competition as a welcome distraction from their league form, as it could inspire a much-needed turnaround in their fortunes.


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