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Trip to Cyprus is a very welcome opportunity for me: Schneiderlin


By Liam Blackburn

Morgan Schneiderlin is determined to revive his Everton career having been one of the few senior players sent to Cyprus for a Europa League fixture that Sam Allardyce will miss.

Northern Ireland U21 international U21 international Shayne Lavery is also included.

Allardyce, appointed as manager only last week, is not in Nicosia for Everton's dead rubber against Apollon Limassol due to a pre-arranged medical assessment, and several key players have remained home too, given the club's elimination from the competition has already long since been confirmed.

Schneiderlin's presence on the other side of the continent could be interpreted as a reflection of his place in the Goodison Park pecking order.

The 28-year-old French midfielder has not started the previous two fixtures, and last month both he and Kevin Mirallas, another also in Cyprus, were understood to have been left out of the squad to face Watford having been involved in a training-ground incident.

At the time Schneiderlin denied reports he was sent home due to concerns over his attitude and, while once more dismissing that as "fake news" on Wednesday, he did admit he is keen to make a fresh start under Allardyce.

"First I read about it in the newspaper and I was as surprised as I could be because there was no incident," he said. "I made a statement on my social networks saying it was fake news and it wasn't true.

"I want to prove myself in every game, and of course there is a new manager coming in so it's a fresh start for everyone. It is going to be up to me to show what I can do."

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