Sam Allardyce set to miss Everton’s Europa League match to focus on derby


• Allardyce expected to stay in Liverpool to work with first-team squad
• Makeshift side to be fielded against Apollon Limassol in Cyprus

Sam Allardyce may miss Everton’s Europa League match at Apollon Limassol to prepare for Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Allardyce has confirmed he will field a makeshift team on Thursday in order to make the Premier League trip to Liverpool the priority. Apollon and Everton, who have recorded the worst performance in the competition by an English team in history, cannot qualify from the group and the visitors are set to field several youngsters in Cyprus.

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