Morgan Schneiderlin is looking upon Thursday’s Europa League dead rubber against Apollon Limassol as an opportunity to revive his Everton career.
The France midfielder, 28, has not started Everton’s past two games and his presence in Cyprus, along with eight players yet to make their senior bows, suggests he will not come into Sam Allardyce’s thinking at Anfield.
Schneiderlin sees Allardyce’s appointment and Thursday’s fixture as an opportunity for a fresh start having struggled for form so far this term.
A Ronald Koeman buy in January, last month Schneiderlin was dropped from the squad that faced Watford by caretaker David Unsworth, along with Kevin Mirallas, due to a training-ground incident.
At the time Schneiderlin rubbished reports that was because of concerns over his attitude and on Wednesday he once more dismissed what he described as “fake news”.
“First I read about it in the newspaper and I was as surprised as I could be because there was no incident,” he said.
“I made a statement on my social networks saying it was fake news and it wasn’t true.
“I want to turn the page. It was not nice for me to see that and it is part of football. I have to deal with it.
“I want to prove (myself) in every game and of course there is a new manager coming in so it’s a fresh start for everyone. I haven’t had the chance to play the last few games and it is going to be up to me to show what I can do and that I can make a difference to the team.
“It needs to be the aim of everybody to show themselves and show that they can play. It is a chance to prove you can play.”