Benitez cracks whip as Everton part company with medical head Donachie

Rafa Benitez lays down the law at Everton as club part company with chief medic Danny Donachie after boss was left unhappy with their injury crisis… with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Andre Gomes among those on the treatment table

  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin is among star Everton players who are out of action
  • Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes are also absent 
  • Manager Rafa Benitez has ordered a review of the club’s medical department   
  • Director of medical services Danny Donachie has been placed on leave  

Everton have reportedly parted ways with director of medical services Danny Donachie with Rafa Benitez unhappy at injuries to key players.

Benitez has been without Dominic Calvert-Lewin since August due to a thigh problem, while the Spanish coach has also been unable to rely on the services of Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes.

Now, The Athletic report that Donachie has been placed on leave by Everton while his departure is finalised, with Benitez looking to improve the off-field services at the club. 

Everton boss Rafa Benitez has cracked the whip as part of a review of the medical department

Director of medical services Danny Donachie (right, with defender Yerry Mina) has been placed on leave by the club

The report details that as part of Benitez’s review of all departments within the club, other medical staff have had their roles changed and in some instances downgraded as part of a restructuring.  

The first-team boss brought in James Harley as head of sports science in July, and in October he appointed Cristian Fernandez as a fitness rehabilitation coach. 

Benitez had worked with both during his time at Newcastle United. 

At the weekend, Benitez said of Delph’s work with Fernandez: ‘He (Delph) has been working with the new rehabilitation coach and came in stronger.

Benitez has been without star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin since August due to a thigh issue

‘But we have to know he’s had injuries in the past and had 10 weeks off the pitch, so it’s important to keep him fit so he can give us different options in the centre of the pitch.’

Star striker Calvert-Lewin, meanwhile, has now missed nine matches and it is unclear when he will return to full fitness. 

Everton are currently 11th in the table having registered 15 points from their opening 11 matches of the Premier League season.  

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