Everton interim manager David Unsworth insists there is "no story" regarding the recent training incident involving Kevin Mirallas and Morgan Schneiderlin and has confirmed both will be in contention for the match against Crystal Palace on Saturday (18 November).
Mirallas and Schneiderlin were both sent away from first-team training by Duncan Ferguson, who was allegedly annoyed by the pair's poor attitude, but Unsworth has quashed suggestions of a bust-up and insists the Belgian and Frenchman are both fully committed to the cause at Goodison Park.
Schneiderlin and Mirallas were both omitted from the Everton squad that beat Watford a fortnight ago but Unsworth insisted both are available for the trip to Palace and is keen to draw a line under the sorry episode, which he believes to be "something from nothing".
"I have seen that story and there's a lot written that was false," Unsworth said in his press conference. "I've seen both player's comments which I support. It was something of nothing, both given option of finishing training and that was fine. There's no real story, Morgan has trained all week and trained really well, I'll speak with Kevin later.
Both players are available for selection, I know they're both fully committed, if they were not in team would be sad, and you want that. I can assure all Everton fans they're committed to this great club."
Schneiderlin was quick to throw his weight behind Unsworth's comments, posting on Twitter: "Next time please people be quiet before writing s**t. Coyb let's win tomorrow."
Schneiderlin and Mirallas may be joined by Cuco Martina and Tom Davies in the squad to face Palace at Selhurst Park, where Everton recorded their last away league win. Martina suffered concussion during his side's defeat by Lyon in the Europa League, while Davies sustained a slight hamstring problem during the international break.
Both could make their return to action this weekend, but the match against Palace comes too soon for the injury-prone James McCarthy and Everton's established injured contingent. Yannick Bolasie, Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman have spent substantial amounts of time on the sidelines but 'Rhino' says they are all progressing well, with the former even returning to training with the Under-23s.
"James is coming along nicely as well, he won't be available for the weekend but Tom is fine and available," Unsworth said. "Cuco's trained all week and will be available for the squad."
"Ross is back in the gym, he's coming along nicely, Seamus was away with Ireland, progressing nicely too. Yannick Bolasie has started training, he had a session with the Under-23 group, he's trained with a ball but we must control that with such a serious injury."