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Saha disciplined after refusing to show for reserves

The striker was excluded from the Everton squad that faced Wigan on Saturday after refusing to play a mid-week reserve game against Aston Villa.

Image: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

EVERTON MANAGER DAVID Moyes didn’t field a striker during his side’s comprehensive 3-1 victory over Wigan at the weekend, an eyebrow-raising move that lead many to suspect that the club’s go-to hitman, Louis Saha, was again struggling to maintain his fitness.

But a report by Vikki Orvice in today’s Sun appears to contradict that theory, suggesting the Frenchman’s exclusion was actually as a disciplinary measure.

“David Moyes left Saha out because he refused to play in a midweek reserve game with Aston Villa.

Despite being short of front men, Moyes was disappointed with Saha’s attitude, feeling let down by a lack of loyalty and commitment from the player.”

Saha only learnt of his absence from the matchday squad a couple of hours before kick-off and immediately took to Twitter to express his disapproval (or petulance, depending on you perspective).

In spite this most recent disciplinary issue, restrictive financial constraints and the transfer window sale of his best player, however, Moyes has succeeded in guiding Everton to their best league start in five years.

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