Mo Besic played in Everton’s 2-0 Premier League loss at Chelsea despite his father being shot in his native Bosnia, Toffees boss Ronald Koeman said on Sunday.
Reports in Bosnia said Besic’s father had been shot in the leg and hand following a dispute and is in hospital.
The 24-year-old came on as a half-time substitute with Everton trailing 2-0 in a contest which finished in the same scoreline at Stamford Bridge.
“I spoke to (Mo) yesterday evening. He spoke to his father. I don’t like to talk more in detail,” Koeman said. “Today after the game he told me he will be in contact with his family. I don’t know really what happened, but what came out in the paper, that’s true.”
Koeman assessed Besic’s willingness to be involved before selecting him in the squad.
“I spoke to him and he said that he’s ready and he’s committed,” the Everton boss added. “After the game he will talk to the family, what he needs to do. It’s always the decision by the player. It’s a family question.
“He showed commitment. Maybe he’ll get off to see his family and be part of his family for the next couple of days.”