Everton duo Naismith and Osman to miss tomorrow’s Europa League clash

According to talkSPORT, Everton midfielder Leon Osman and forward Steven Naismith will both be out of action for the Toffees’ Europa League clash against French Ligue 1 side Lille tomorrow night.

“Osman and Naismith were not included in the travelling party which departed to France on Wednesday,” said talkSPORT.

Leon Osman has played less than 300 minutes of Premier League football this season, with manager Roberto Martinez having frequently rested the Englishman due to poor form. Now Ross Barkley has returned to the first-team following his injury, Osman could well be on the periphery.

Steven Naismith has been a mainstay in the Everton side, with the Scotland international having bagged four goals from seven league games. His manager has recently lauded him with praise, so his absence from the Everton attack could be telling.

The Merseyside outfit have endured a slow start to the season, but they are coming off the back of a convincing 3-0 win against Aston Villa to take into their European campaign. Martinez’s side have picked up four points from two Europa League group games, but Lille will pose a big threat tomorrow night.

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