Premier League – Rooney back to boost Everton
Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has recovered from illness and could feature in Everton’s game against Bournemouth on Saturday.
The 32-year-old missed the Toffees’ recent draws against Chelsea and West Brom but has returned to training.
Former Manchester United star Rooney has netted 11 times in 24 appearances so far this season and is 21/10 to score at any time against the Cherries.
“Wayne is back from illness,” said Allardyce. “He has been stuck in bed for three days.
“The only thing we have done recently is transformed the team into a better defensive unit, and that has given us a platform. But I am still a little concerned about the amount of goals we are capable of scoring.”
Allardyce has also revealed that Yannick Bolasie showed no ill-effects after playing for more than an hour at The Hawthorns on his return to action after a 12-month lay-off, while James McCarthy played for the Under-23s just before Christmas.
However, Ross Barkley and Idrissa Gana Gueye are still some way from a return to first-team action.
“James should be training with us on Friday and should be fit for selection,” Allardyce added. “Yannick seems alright [from the West Brom game] as well.
“We will find out about Idrissa on Friday. It might be a bit risky to play him against Bournemouth, in the hope that he will be OK for Manchester United.
“I’d like to have had Ross by now but that hasn’t been the case just yet. But he is training with us on a regular basis and he’s very close to being available for selection.”
Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman remain sidelined for an Everton team that can be backed at 23/10 to win at Bournemouth and at 5/2 to keep a clean sheet against Eddie Howe’s side, 9/4 to be relegated this season.