Everton boss Rafael Benitez revealed that he was surprised that their Premier League game against Burnley was taking place after nine senior players were ruled out due to the coronavirus outbreak. Benitez announced that five players had tested positive since their last game with a further six players nursing injuries. The Merseyside club will now have to rely on youngsters for their game against Burnley at Turf Moor.
“With the injuries and the positives we had we were expecting that the game would be postponed,” Rafael Benitez said about their Premier League game. “Now I have to think about if I have 11 players fit and where can I put them, so I am really surprised that we are playing this game. The problem is we have nine outfield players available plus three keepers and after we have to bring in five young players who are not even 21 years old. It seems that they have enough experience to play in the Premier League.”
“It’s quite dangerous for us and maybe someone has to take responsibility,” he added. “It’s not me, the manager, that wants to play the best players every game. These players after [being out for] months maybe they have to play 90 minutes so we are exposing them. But someone has to consider because of the circumstances of this game, we have to play players that maybe are not ready or players that have some knocks or issues, it’s a difficult decision for us.”