Everton will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on an out-of-form West Ham United.
However, manager Manuel Pellegrini opted to bring on Michail Antonio instead, with some reports claiming Lucas had refused to warm up.
English Premier League Wrap, 16 September 2018
West Ham, who lost each of their opening four top-flight games, host London rivals Chelsea next Sunday.
Just as the Hammers were threatening to be this season's Everton they faced the Toffees at the weekend and produced an excellent display to earn themselves a 3-1 win.
Andriy Yarmolenko bagged a impressive brace and Marko Arnautovic added a third to lift the pressure on Pellegrini.More news: GOP Demands Feinstein Release Letter After Kavanaugh Accuser Identifies Herself
"I have never ever refused to warm up in my whole career, let alone play a match", he tweeted.
"In my current club, the players on the bench warm up in series of three to five minutes, in continuous rotation". Me and Marko (Arnautovic) were in the thick of that in the changing room and sometimes that's what you need.
Perez - who was pictured deep in conversation with goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero and appeared irritated by the decision - has reiterated Pellegrini's comments, claiming the substitution came at a time when he was not out warming up.More news: Trump Readies Tariffs on $200 Billion More Chinese Goods
"I think that we continued playing the same way we have done, but the best thing we did here, we went for the game from the first minute, we didn't wait for Everton to go".
Manager Marco Silva will be unable to call upon £50 million summer signing Richarlison after the Brazil global picked up a red card against Watford FC.
"I called Lucas to get ready to play, but Antonio was already ready so played as I needed to make the change".More news: Browns To Sign Greg Joseph, Zane Gonzalez’s Replacement As Kicker