Allardyce to miss Europa tie over medical appointment

Sam Allardyce

Apollon Limassol v Everton

Everton travel to Cyprus for their final Europa League group game tonight, with nothing for Sam Allardyce's men to play for - and Allardyce hasn't even travelled for the trip as he instead focuses on the upcoming Merseyside derby.

Everton have had a very poor season and it seems like they are now in a relegation battle in the English Premier League.

Northern Ireland Under 21 global Shayne Lavery has been named on the bench for Everton's final Europa League group game this evening.

With Big Sam watching from home ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby, former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare took the reins.

The likes of Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen, Muhamed Besic and Joel Robles will all be handed opportunities to impress the club's new management structure, while James McCarthy should see game time as he continues his recovery from a troublesome hamstring strain.

The bench is also half-strength, with Mateusz Hewelt, Michael Collins, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Alex Denny, Nathan Broadhead, Shayne Lavery and Anthony Gordon all on the bench.

Allardyce underwent heart surgery back in December 2009 to fix a narrow coronary artery during his time in charge of then-Premier League side Blackburn Rovers.

Allardyce, 63, was appointed Everton manager on 30 November and his only game in charge has been the 2-0 win against Huddersfield on Saturday.

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