Moyes warns Cahill of burn-out danger

Everton manager David Moyes has warned his Australian midfielder Tim Cahill he faces burn-out as he battles to lift the Toffees out of a sticky patch.

Cahill, 29, has missed just two of Everton's 15 games this season and coupled that with exhausting trips to play for Australia.

Everton, who played Spurs in the Carling Cup fourth round last night, went into the match without 11 injured senior players, and Moyes believes the pressure is beginning to take its toll on Cahill and his colleagues.

Everton have gone four games without a win as their injury list has lengthened, and Moyes is worried particularly about

He said: "Tim is a terrific player for us with his effort and endeavour, and we need that.

"It is part of the spirit of this club and he has been a big part of that. But we must remember that Tim is not getting any younger, either.

"He has travelled a long way around the world to play for Australia earlier in the month, so at some point there is going to be an effect on his game.

"A lot depends on how he looks after himself and prepares for games. But ideally, and I hate to keep making the point, if there were a few more lads fit then I may be able to give him a rest.

"But at the moment we do not have that luxury because of the situation we are in."

Moyes believes Everton's cause is not being helped by having to play three games in six days

But television requirements, and police concerns about two sets of Merseyside travelling fans in the capital on the same day, meant it was Liverpool's trip to the Emirates for the game against Arsenal that was switched to today for television coverage.

That left Everton forced to play their tie in north London last night, two days after facing Bolton in the league.

Coming on the back of a Europa League game in Lisbon against Benfica on Thursday, and Sunday's trip to Bolton – both matches in finishing 5-0 and 3-2 defeats respectively – Moyes' mood has not been calmed.

Moyes had been so upset by the decision he chose to attack the competition organisers in his programme column for the Wolves home game 10 days ago.

Ayegbeni Yakubu (heel), Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, (groin), Joseph Yobo (head) and Leighton Baines (calf) are all getting closer to fitness but Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar, Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman, Victor Anichebe, Phil Neville and James Vaughan need more time.

Arts and Entertainment
Supporting role: at the Supreme Court, Rhodes was accompanied by a famous friend, the actor Benedict Cumberbatch
booksPianist James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to stop the injunction of his memoirs
Arts and Entertainment
Jesuthasan Antonythasan as Dheepan
filmDheepan, film review
Sport
Steven Gerrard scores for Liverpool
sport
Arts and Entertainment
Bob Dylan
art
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?