SAINTS MATE’S MO KO BLOW

Daily Star - - SERIOUSLY FOOTBALL - By ALEX CROOK

“I’m a pos­i­tive guy, so I gen­uinely think we’re go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“You need to be re­al­is­tic as well and think maybe that’s a bit far-fetched but sixth is reach­able.

“We just have to start turn­ing draws into wins, sim­ple as that.

“We’re not far off, I re­ally don’t think we are. You can judge us fairly when every­one is back fit.”

Ever­ton be­gan the sea­son with­out in­jured sum­mer sign­ings Yerry Mina and An­dre Gomes from Barcelona.

But the pair both came through a 60-minute be­hind­closed-doors game this SOUTHAMP­TON winger Mo­hamed Ely­ounoussi claims a team-mate in­jured him in train­ing – out of “frus­tra­tion” at be­ing dropped.

Ely­ounoussi has been left nurs­ing an an­kle prob­lem af­ter be­ing crocked by a chal­lenge from the un­named Saints star on the eve of last month’s de­feat at Liver­pool.

Nor­way in­ter­na­tional Ely­ounoussi (right), who also sat out Sun­day’s 3-0 loss at home to Chelsea, said: “I’m still strug­gling with an­kle pain.

“He came in from the side and hit me in the mid­dle of the leg. The foot was stuck in the ground and it hurt.

“We had pre­pared for the game the fol­low­ing day and he re­alised he wouldn’t start. Per­haps there was frus­tra­tion on his side.

“I do not think he went con­sciously to hurt me. But I said clearly, I can for­give many for so much, but to hurt a team-mate the day be­fore a match is week and are close to a come­back.

Mid­fielder James Mc­Carthy, who sus­tained a dou­ble frac­ture of his right leg in Jan­uary, also played in the game.

The Tof­fees face Crys­tal Palace a week on Sun­day with all three back in con­tention along with de­fender Phil Jagielka. not fine. It’s a bad an­kle that’s not quite sta­ble.

“It hurts to shoot or to run but I have taught my­self to ac­cept that.

“If it hurts, I’m tak­ing painkillers.”

Saints paid Basel

£16m for Ely­ounoussi,

24, in the sum­mer.

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