Frank Lampard provides fitness update on United loanee Donny van de Beek

Everton manager Frank Lampard hopes that cramping was the reason why Donny van de Beek came off against Manchester City in the second half.

The 24-year-old was making his third consecutive Premier League start for the first time since arriving in England in September 2020.

With Pep Guardiola’s side dominating possession, the Toffees had to do a lot of running without the ball, ensuring they followed the runners and closed off the space to the league leaders.

After signalling to the bench that he couldn’t continue, the Dutch international was replaced in the 71st minute by Dele Ali when the scores were level at Goodison Park.

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Phil Foden netted the winner ten minutes later after a flat-footed Michael Keane failed to clear his lines.

Lampard’s side were crestfallen when referee Paul Tierney and VAR official Chris Kavanagh didn’t award the Blue half of Merseyside a penalty kick following a blatant handball from Rodri.

But Lampard hopes that the Manchester United loanee will be fit to face Tottenham in eight days time

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“We hope it is cramp, although I don’t want to commit to that,” said Lampard via the club’s website.

“He said he felt it wasn’t so bad.

“I thought he played really well… put in a really big shift.

“He’s come from not playing many games, to playing regularly for us, so cramp would be understandable.”

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Everton’s number 30 won’t be available to face Boreham Wood on Thursday with a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals on the line, as he is ineligible due to his prior involvement in the competition with the Reds.

With Abdoulaye Doucoure back fit and able to make his first appearance under Lampard alongside Allan, van de Beek had the freedom to maraud forward knowing he had a double man pivot behind him.

The former Ajax man will be hoping to shrug off any injury concerns and make it four Premier League starts in a row at Tottenham.

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