Everton FC News: LOUIS SAHA faces a fight to save his Goodison future after being left out of Everton’s squad again for tonight’s Carling Cup third round tie.
The 33-year-old French striker was omitted from the squad for the Blues’ 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic at the weekend despite being in training for a week.
And his decision to express his frustration on Twitter had not endeared Saha, who is out of contract next summer, to David Moyes ahead of his selection for tonight’s clash with West Brom.
Assistant coach Steve Round said: “He’s not in the squad. He’s not ready. He trained last week and he’s trained this week so far.
“The manager is going to keep a close eye on his training and see how he improves and progresses over the next week or two. I’m sure he’ll be available come Saturday.
“He’s been a bit in and out this season with injuries and it’s been a bit stop-start with him so far. If you’re training and you are fit, you will say you are ready to play. It’s the manager’s decision.”
Saha declined the chance to boost his fitness by playing for the reserves against Aston Villa last Tuesday, a game that saw Denis Stracqualursi and Royston Drenthe leapfrog him in Moyes’ selection plans.
“He was asked if he wanted to participate in the reserve game but he didn’t feel he needed it,” said Round. “I don’t think it had that much of a bearing to be honest.
“The manager doesn’t feel he’s quite ready to play in the team yet. Simple as that. I think the manager has quietly spoken to him. We get on with it. All these type of things are dealt with internally.”
Moyes could grant a raft of players a starting place against Roy Hodgson’s men tonight, as he balances rotating his squad with ensuring progress in the cup.
As well as Drenthe and Stracqualursi, Apostolos Vellios, John Heitinga, Phil Neville, Ross Barkley and Jan Mucha could all be in contention ahead of a tough trip to Manchester City on Saturday.
Round insists the focus to succeed in the cup and target a Europa League place as a result will be undiminished.
He said: “We were very disappointed to miss out (on Europe) last season, especially finishing seventh.
“The manager’s very keen to have European football every season.”
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