LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) Midfielder Ramires could return for Chelsea FC in Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Everton at Goodison Park.
Ramires was doubtful with a knee problem, but after training on Friday, the Brazilian could be available for selection.
Fellow midfielder Mikel will also have a late fitness test on his knee before knowing whether he’ll be in the squad for the exciting contest.
Chelsea will be looking for a win to return to third place and keep close tabs with league leaders Manchester United and Manchester City.
The Blues are currently sitting in third after Tottenham frog-leap them with victry over Sunderland on Saturday.
Everton, in the meantime, are also eyeing a top four slot and will make life difficult for Rafa Benitez and his men when they travel to Goodison Park.
David Moyes side can go third with a good result.
Darron Gibson is expected to be back for the game after a thigh strain forced him to be substituted against Wigan on Boxing Day.
Everton, however, will continue to be without influential player Marouane Fellaini, who serve the final of a three-match ban.
Seamus Coleman is doubtful, while Tony Hibbert and Kevin Mirallas will both miss out again.
Everton comes into the game unbeaten in their last four home matches against Chelsea and has won the last three, but have failed to land victory in their seven previous Premier League meetings in December against the Blues.
Striker Nikica Jelavic has been in good tough at Goodison Park in this year, while Chelsea’s Juan Mata has scored in six of his last eight outings in all competitions for the club.
Moyes was delighted with his team’s performances in 2012 and is hoping to end it on a high.
“I think we have had a good year. At this time last year we had just kicked on and we finished the season very strongly, and since August we have continued that,” the boss told evertonfc.com.
“It is unfortunate that 2012 has been in two pieces. I think we would have to say that it has probably been as good a year as we have had.
“The football has improved, we look a threat – particularly since the arrival of Jelavic and the goals he brings.
“Overall you have seen big improvements. The Baines and Pienaar combination back on the left, Osman in the form he has been in and Darron Gibson doing well since he came here. We have been pleased with 2012.”
SKY GUIDE PREDICTION: Everton 2 vs Chelsea 1
Nikica Jelavic (EVE) has been heavily tipped to score first
Fernando Torres and (CHE) are also strongly tipped net the first goal
TEAM NEWS AND SQUADS: EVERTON VS CHELSEA FC
Everton squad: Howard, Mucha, Neville, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Jelavic, Heitinga, Hitzlsperger, Oviedo, Barkley, Vellios, Gueye, Duffy, Anichebe.
Chelsea squad: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Turnbull.