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18th Nov 2017

Morgan Schneiderlin and wife hit out at media reports about the Everton midfielder

Schneiderlin returned to the Toffees' starting XI on Saturday

Darragh Murphy

The Schneiderlin family clearly didn’t take kindly to Morgan’s commitment being questioned.

Reports emerged prior to the international break that Schneiderlin, as well as Everton teammate Kevin Mirallas, had been kicked out of training by caretaker manager David Unsworth after a rumoured lack of effort on the parts of both men.

Neither player was included in the Toffees’ squad for the Premier League game which followed but, on Saturday, Schneiderlin returned to the starting XI for Everton’s trip to Crystal Palace.

Ahead of this weekend’s game, Unsworth addressed the media reports about Schneiderlin’s dedication and he dismissed them in no uncertain terms.

“A lot has been written that was wrong. I can assure Everton fans they’re both fully committed. There is no real story,” Unsworth said on Friday.

And it didn’t take long for Schneiderlin, and his wife Camille, to respond to the update as they both replied to the above tweet in sweary fashion.

And while Schneiderlin was reinstated to the starting XI on Saturday for Everton’s 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park, he lasted just 45 minutes.

Eyebrows were raised when the Frenchman was replaced by Tom Davies at the break but Unsworth has since insisted that the decision was simply due to an injury to Schneiderlin.

“We tweaked the way we went about it (in the second half),” Unsworth said, via the Liverpool Echo.

“We were forced to bring Tom Davies on at half-time. Morgan had an injection before the game on his toe and he was struggling with it.

“We were going to make a change anyway to have a little bit more impetus up front and that helped us and I felt we had a little bit more control and were more of a threat.

“I was delighted with the desire today to come back twice.

“You’ve got to show that little bit more quality. You can’t expect just desire to get you results game after game in the Premier League.

“You’ve got to start somewhere and I feel there’s been a steady improvement since I took the job.”