Everton recall centre-back Matthew Pennington from Walsall loan after defensive crisis

The 21-year-old had been on loan at Walsall.

Everton take on Manchester United this weekend in the FA Cup semi-final and do so needing a result after the horror show performance against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby this week.

But their challenge will not be helped by the defensive crisis currently impacting the club’s plans.

Everton are without Ramiro Funes Mori for the next three games after his red card in the Merseyside derby. Phil Jagielka is battling an injury problem whilst John Stones has been unwell with stomach cramps. With young talent Tyias Browning still out with a serious knee injury it leaves Everton bereft of options at the heart of defence.

Now the club has acted.

It was confirmed this morning that Everton have recalled Matthew Pennington from his loan spell at League One promotion challengers Walsall.

The 21-year-old is now in contention to feature for Everton against Manchester United tomorrow, with the very real possibility that he could start the game.

Pennington, who had been on loan with Walsall for a month, has already featured in the FA Cup this season against Dagenham and Redbridge.

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