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Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Everton and Blackburn at Goodison Park.

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Everton are still short on numbers as they prepare for Saturday's clash with Rovers.

Seamus Coleman, Jack Rodwell (both ankle) and Tim Cahill (foot) are getting closer to fitness but again rated doubtful.

Playmaker Mikel Arteta (hamstring) remains on the sidelines despite making good progress but Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini are long-term absentees.

The injury situation could see the likes of youngsters Magaye Gueye and Apostolos Vellios get further opportunities.

Blackburn will be without key defender Ryan Nelsen after he was ruled out for the rest of the season following a knee operation on Monday.

Rovers are, though, expected to have Gael Givet back after he missed the 1-1 draw with Birmingham last time out.

The Frenchman is in the midst of a contractual dispute with Rovers but Steve Kean feels he is now in the right frame of mind to return to action.

Blackburn's main injury concern is over in-form forward Junior Hoilett (hamstring), who is rated as 50/50, while Keith Andrews (groin) has returned to training but is not yet match fit.

Kean could give a first start to youngster Ruben Rochina following his January transfer from Barcelona but Steven Nzonzi serves the second of a three-game ban.

Everton (from): Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Bilyaletdinov, Neville, Heitinga, Osman, Beckford, Anichebe, Rodwell, Cahill, Coleman, Gueye, Vellios, Mustafi, Baxter, Duffy, Forshaw, McAleny, Nsiala, Mucha.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Salgado, J Jones, Emerton, Dunn, P Jones, Hoilett, Santa Cruz, Biram Diouf, Bunn, Roberts, Pedersen, Hanley, Kalinic, Rochina, Formica, Benjani.

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