Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has denied reports he was sent home from training.
Schneiderlin and Kevin Mirallas were left out of the squad which beat Watford 3-2 on Sunday after being involved in an incident at the club’s training ground a day earlier.
It was reported that on Saturday the pair’s involvement in a session at the club’s Finch Farm complex ended early after their attitudes were questioned by coaching staff.
But Schneiderlin on Monday refuted the suggestion he was sent home and insisted he remains fully committed to the club.
He wrote on Twitter: “I have seen press stories today about me ‘being sent away from training’. The stories are not true.
“I am fully committed to Everton and will continue to work hard for the club and the fans in training and on the pitch.”
Schneiderlin has struggled for form this season while Mirallas has made just one Premier League start, an appearance that ended with him being substituted at half-time, just over a week ago when Everton lost 2-0 at Leicester.
On Sunday Belgium international Mirallas posted a message on Instagram, which has subsequently been deleted, that said: “Thank you for all your messages. It’s a difficult situation for me.
“But in life there are things much more serious than my personal situation.”
Meanwhile, Everton left-back Leighton Baines has praised David Unsworth’s efforts as caretaker boss, stressing the win secured on Sunday was “the least” he has deserved.
Unsworth stepped up from the Under-23s two weeks ago to take temporary charge following the sacking of Ronald Koeman and oversaw three away defeats before Sunday’s result.
Baines, scorer of the decisive goal against the Hornets, told evertontv when asked about winning for Unsworth: “It makes it extra special.
“He has been top-drawer. I’ve loved the training sessions he’s put on and the way he has conducted himself. His talk before the game was special.
“We would like to have given him more, and achieved better results – but we have got him a win, which he deserved, at the least.”