Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth has echoed Morgan Schneiderlin and Kevin Mirallas’ insistence that they are fully committed to the club.
The pair were left out of the Toffees’ matchday squad for the last game – a 3-2 Premier League win over Watford on November 5 – after being involved in an incident at the training ground the day before.
Midfielder Schneiderlin subsequently wrote on Twitter that “stories…about me ‘being sent away from training’…are not true”, and emphasised he was “fully committed to Everton”.
Mirallas then wrote on Instagram, saying he had to “restore the truth after some articles in the media.”
The winger said he “was not excluded of the squad due to a lack of commitment during training” and stressed his full commitment as well, while also apologising “to the owner, my team mates and the manager for not being able to cope at that moment with my frustration”.
Unsworth was asked about that situation on Friday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, and said: “There’s a lot that’s been written that was wrong, that was false.
“I’ve seen both players’ comments, which I fully support.
“It was something and nothing. Both were given an option of finishing their training and that was absolutely fine.
“In this day and age, you can’t sneeze without people finding things out. There’s no real story.
“Both players will be available for selection. As far as I’m concerned, there is no story there.”
He added: “I know they’re both fully committed.
“If they’re not in the team and squad, would they both be disappointed? Absolutely – and you would want that.
“I can assure all the Everton fans that both players are fully committed to this great club.”
Meanwhile, Schneiderlin put another message on Twitter on Friday in which he asked that “next time…people” keep quiet “before writting (sic) s**t”.