Keane looking to push on following injury hit start

Everton defender Michael Keane is ready to push on and improve his Everton career which looks to have stalled after a promising start.

Keane picked up a nasty gash on the top of his foot which became infected and required a hospital visit and the wound has not properly healed yet, hampering the lanky defenders performances.

“My first few months here were really positive, we began solidly in the Europa League and had a few good results in the Premier League,” said Keane.

“I was playing well but then the team lost a little bit of form and, as a squad, we went through a really tough few months, which I was part of. I probably lost a bit of confidence – like a few of the lads.

“I have had a few injuries as well, which I have not been used to. That has thrown me a bit, because in the past few years I have normally played every game.

“I ended up in hospital and on a load of tablets, which left me feeling not as sharp and well in myself as I usually do.

“That had an effect, but, also, not getting the results and not performing as well as you want to on the pitch brings down your confidence.”

“I still have a lot of learning to do,” he added. “I feel like I will become a much better player here. I am being hampered at the minute with the injuries I have had and a few things going on.

“I came back in the team and had a few good games, particularly when we kept the clean sheets against Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion (0-0 draws on 23 and 26 December).

“But I know for a fact I will become a better player and I just need that consistency of playing week in, week out, again. And to perform to the best of my ability week in, week out.”

“When the new manager came in he really lifted the place, he brought a buzz back, and we got some great results,” he said, talking to “He drills the basics into you, which is very important.

“I worked through that tough period but then picked up another injury against Manchester United, which was frustrating for me.

“But, hopefully, once I am back from this injury I can stay fit and really kick on.”

Can Keane regain his Burnley form in an Everton shirt?

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