15 July 2024

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Jarrad Branthwaite was sighted training ahead of Everton’s Premier League match against Arsenal and appeared to be in “excellent condition,” according to the Liverpool Echo.

In a web piece on Thursday (14 September), Chris Beesley provided a fitness update on many Toffees players, including Branthwaite.

The 21-year-old centre-back participated in the 2-2 draw at Sheffield United prior to the international break but did not play for England’s Under-21 side owing to injury.

However, Beesley wrote: “Jarrad Branthwaite, who withdrew from the England Under-21 squad with what Everton described as “a minor groin issue” appears to be in fine fettle as he was pictured in the thick of the action, grappling with fellow big man and new signing Beto.”

Good news

Jarrad Branthwaite has only made two appearances this season, one in the 1-0 defeat to Wolves and the other at Bramall Lane where Everton earned their first point of the season and scored their first Premier League goals of the campaign.

He was unable to go away on international duty and there would have been concern among supporters that he may be set for a spell on the sidelines.

With an already threadbare squad, Sean Dyche and Toffees supporters alike will be fearing any injuries for an extended period of time, and the sight of Branthwaite being competitive in training will be met with a sigh of relief.

Everton are desperate to get the monkey off their back and earn a first win of the campaign. That certainly will not be easy against an Arsenal side with title aspirations this term, but they did win last season’s corresponding fixture in Dyche’s first game in charge. A repeat this time around would be most welcome.

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