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Silva on injuries, transfers and fan support

Werrda Ali, BBC Sport

Marco Silva has been speaking to the media today before Tuesday's Premier League match against Everton.

Here are the key lines from the news conference:

  • On team news and availability, he said: "We're still assessing the players. We played two games, really emotional games, and it took a lot of energy from ourselves."

  • When asked about Harry Wilson and Adama Traore he said: "Unfortunately for us, he's [Wilson] going to be out for at least two or three weeks. Another player out is Traore, but it's nice to see him back out with his team-mates. Hopefully we will see him soon."

  • On facing Everton he said: "The way I always prepare my team, we are always trying to be on the front foot. Our ambition is clear: to try to get three points."

  • He expects signing players to prove difficult, stating: "I don't want to talk about targets. Of course I sat with the board and they know what two positions we are looking for. It seems it will be really difficult until the end of the window. It's out of my control. I don't expect to let any players go, we are really short in terms of numbers and I'm not expecting big moves from ourselves. We want to reinforce our squad not to let players go."

  • Silva says he has felt the impact of Afcon, adding: "Not just Alex Iwobi but Calvin Bassey too. When they played against Arsenal at home the team was in a good moment. Bassey was at his best, more settled. Of course since Iwobi arrived he has been very important in our attacking line and can play many positions. They are two big misses for us. I cannot forget Fode Ballo-Toure even if he is not playing. When we have three players not available it is a big miss definitely."

  • Silva says he understands fan frustrations after an FA Cup exit, adding: "We need them behind us. I understand why they were not in a good mood last Saturday and we fully understand. But we need them behind us and we know if they play their part as the 12th player then we are going to be stronger and make things harder for the Everton side."

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