Craig Shakespeare: 'Sam Allardyce absence for Everton Europa game is not ideal'

Everton youngster Morgan Feeney is expected to play against Apollon Limassol

Everton youngster Morgan Feeney is expected to play against Apollon Limassol

IT'S A BIG night for Harry Charsley as the Everton youngster is making his senior debut.

After that, it's an extremely inexperienced side that makes up the squad for the game in Cyprus.

Boss Sam Allardyce was absent due a medical appointment but winger Lookman served up a dose a feel-good factor with the travelling fans with a pair of first-half strikes.

Allardyce is expected to return to the dugout at Anfield on the weekend and Shakespeare says the win means he will do so in a positive mood.

Subbed at half-time of his only Premier League start this season, the 20-year-old scored twice inside the opening half hour to end his 20-match scoreless run in all competitions and give the Toffees their first win at the final attempt in Group E. You are always learning about your players and forming opinions about them.

With Everton's fate in the group already determined and Sunday's Merseyside derby with Liverpool to prepare for, assistant manager Sammy Lee has also not made the trip and will work with the players who have not travelled.

Schneiderlin was at the centre of controversy a month ago when left out of the squad alongside Kevin Mirallas for the visit of Watford.

A lease agreed on the ground for a new stadium can only add to Everton's future prospects but challenging for trophies must be a long-term goal.

James McCarthy and Sandro Ramirez are two players that would have expected to play some part against a team that currently occupy fifth place in the Cypriot First Division, with suggestions that the former was hoping to get 60 minutes under his belt.

Ferguson was said to be dissatisfied with the players' lack of effort and having suggested an improvement or a departure, they reportedly took the latter option and returned to the dressing room.

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