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Big Sam will miss Everton's Europa League match due to a medical appointment

Everton face Apollon Limassol in Cyprus on Thursday.

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EVERTON BOSS SAM Allardyce will miss Everton’s Europa League outing on Thursday due to a prior medical appointment.

The Toffees are taking on Apollon Limassol in a Group E game in Cyprus, with first-team coaches Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson stepping in to take charge for the trip.

Neither side can progress to the knockout stages of the competition, with Everton sitting at the bottom of the group on the back of four defeats in five games in the group stages of the competition.

The newly appointed Allardyce has already said that he considers this game to be a ‘dead rubber’ fixture and appears to be concentrating on the Merseyside derby coming up this weekend.

Speaking to the The Telegraph this week, Allardyce said he will not be taking too many risks ahead of the Premier League clash on Sunday.

“I would suggest to the fans that if you are going to spend some money to go and watch them be mindful that I am going to send a team that is not going to be risking too many players who are going to be involved for Liverpool.

“It would be foolish of me to consider getting a player injured in that game and not have him available. I have too many injuries already.”

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