Cape Town - Everton manager Marco Silva has
downplayed fears over the fitness of full-back Lucas Digne after he
pulled up with an apparent leg injury at the weekend.
The Frenchman picked up a knock during the second half of the
Toffees' 1-0 home win over Watford on Saturday and was withdrawn with 17
minutes left on the clock.
The 26-year-old had a problem with his leg and asked to be taken off,
but Silva played down any fears that Digne could be out for an extended
period of time.
He told Evertontv: "We hope it is nothing really special. He
started to feel a bit more tired [in the muscle] and gave the sign to
me to make the change. "Let's see in the next few days [the extent of
Digne's problem] but we hope it is nothing special."
Silva was preparing to introduce new signing Alex Iowbi off the bench
when Digne asked to come off so he used his final substitution by
sending on Mason Holgate and switching Seamus Coleman to left-back.
The Toffees ran out 1-0 winners at Goodison Park thanks to Bernard's
early goal that was set up by a superb 50-yard raking pass from Digne
that sent the Brazilian scurrying beyond the Watford backline.
The Everton defence then withstood some late pressure from the
Hornets to record their second clean sheet of the season - and the
eighth from their last 10 Premier League games.
Digne, who was voted Everton's player and players' player of the
season in his first campaign with the club last term, has played in all
of those matches so his fitness could be crucial for the rest of the
He has had hamstring issues throughout his career, missing five
matches for Barcelona in March 2018 with a flare-up, but managed a
similar situation last season really well.
He limped out of France's final training session before their Euro
2020 victory over Moldova in March and missed the match, but did start
for Everton against West Ham a few days later.