Everton boss Roberto Martinez will make a late decision on whether key defenders John Stones and Seamus Coleman are fit enough to feature in Sunday’s Merseyside derby.
Stones sat out Monday’s Barclays Premier League win at West Brom due to a knee problem, while Coleman has missed three games because of a hamstring complaint.
Asked ahead of this weekend’s top-flight clash with Liverpool at Goodison Park if the pair would be able to play in it, Martinez said on Friday: “It is too early to tell.
“In the next two sessions we will get a clear idea.
“They have progressed well since the West Brom game and we will make a decision as late as we can – we are going to leave it probably until the day of the game.”
Toffees midfielder Muhamed Besic, who has also been out for three games nursing a hamstring injury, is not expected to be available, while forward Kevin Mirallas is still suspended.
Martinez said of Besic: “He is going to be with John and Seamus, working at a separate pace, for the next two sessions.
“But I would say maybe it is too early for him to be involved in the game at the weekend.”