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

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Nelsen: Ruled out after knee surgery

Nelsen: Ruled out after knee surgery

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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15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
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Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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