Ronald Koeman: I'm not interested in Roy Keane's comments about James McCarthy

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"First of all I don't know what Keane said about the situation, I'm not interested in his comments", Koeman said.

Everton desperately need Sigurdsson hitting peak form for the Blues starting this weekend with three critical games coming up in the next week or so, but it starts with the manager in putting his best players in positions to succeed. "The player had several physical problems and we tried to solve them. Let's hope he will be totally fit".

"He's now back, the first time they did a good thing and not to use the player in the state of fitness".

Brighton return to action after the global break on Sunday with a home Premier League tie against Everton. "But we will come back because the Netherlands have always produced good footballers".

Koeman will have a decision to make in defence, with Ashley Williams under pressure following mistakes for Everton and Wales and Phil Jagielka now fit again following a hamstring injury.

McCarthy reported for global duty for the double-header against Moldova and Wales.

Koeman, meanwhile, ruled himself out of contention to become the next Holland boss after their failure to qualify for the World Cup. But I am Everton manager. "I am not surprised they put my name is in because they did the same some years ago".

"We still have talent but our players are too quick to go overseas".

"For that reason I'm happy that we play on Sunday (this week) and we can have a normal training session today".

"We have other business to do with Everton". There are some key match-ups at the top of the table, while there are also some vital clashes at the bottom too, with Everton in dire need of a win, while newly promoted Brighton will be looking to build on their solid start.

Tomer Hemed serves the second game of his three match ban for violent conduct, with Steve Sidwell now the only long term absentee after undergoing minor back surgery last month.

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