Yobo delays departure
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Joseph Yobo is ready to delay his departure for the African Cup of Nations.
Everton defender Joseph Yobo is ready to delay his departure for the African Cup of Nations with the club's current malaise showing no sign of lifting.
Defeat on Wednesday in the Merseyside derby left Everton just one place off the relegation places - with suspensions and injuries also mounting at Goodison Park.
Yobo, who has been playing through injuries of late, will add to David Moyes' defensive headache when he departs for Egypt but for the moment, the Nigerian will look to do everything in his power to improve the club's current plight.
The African Cup of Nations begins on January 20 and runs until February 10 but as yet, Yobo has not confirmed when he will be meeting up with the rest of his Nigerian team-mates.
''I'm struggling with injuries but I am committed to Everton and I want to do my best," said Yobo.
"Each time we lose like this, it is very depressing and makes it even harder for me to think about going away.
"At the moment I am here and I do not know what is going to happen. But the longer I can stay, the better. I am committed to my club and obviously I don't want to leave until I feel better.
"I won't leave until Everton feel comfortable for me to go. I will only go when I have to. I am just looking at the games that we have coming up and think that they are games where we can really pick up points.
"I am aiming to be fit for those games. With the way things are going for us, I am not looking at the national team.
''We have got three good games coming up and I can see us winning them and getting going again. I am committed here and want to give my very best before I leave."