Manchester United loanee Donny van de Beek suffers fresh blow ahead of West Ham clash
Donny van de Beek’s woes continued as he pulled out of the Everton starting line-up against West Ham after picking up an injury in the warm up.
The Dutchman had missed the Toffees’ last two games due to a result of illness and being cup tied.
The 24-year-old missed the last-gasp win against Newcastle United at Goodison Park through illness and he couldn’t play any part in Everton’s 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace, in the FA Cup quarter-finals, due to his cameo appearance for United against Aston Villa in the third round.
But in today’s Premier League game at West Ham which kicked off at 2pm, Everton boss Frank Lampard had hoped to start van de Beek in a two-man midfield alongside Abdoulaye Doucoure.
But the former Ajax man was pictured grimacing and looking uncomfortable during the warm up and he made a beeline with some of Everton’s medical staff in an attempt to prove his fitness.
The Netherlands international’s place in the starting line-up was taken by Mason Holgate. No further details have been provided on van de Beek’s injury as of yet and the midfielder will be hoping it isn’t anything major.
The injury setback is the latest blow in what has been yet another frustrating campaign in England for Manchester United’s number 34.
After being overlooked by former United boss Louis van Gaal for the Netherlands national team for international friendlies during March, van de Beek will hoping a change in his fortunes isn’t too far away.
Van de Beek will probably be hoping that the change of fortunes he so desperately needs and craves comes via Erik ten Hag’s confirmed appointment as Manchester United’s next permanent manager.
Maybe being reunited with his former Ajax manager will enable Donny van de Beek to show English football and more specifically Manchester United why they were right to splash out £35m (BBC Sport) to sign him.