LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) — Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be hoping to have some of his key players ready for the Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Defenders Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Antolin Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman remains doubtful for the game, while key midfielders Ross Barkley and Steven Pienaar are also a doubt.
Martinez could also be tempted to include loan signing Lacina Traore, but will wait to see if the Ivory Coast striker, who has only trained with the team on Monday, has recovered fully from a recent hamstring injury.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers continues to be without defender Mamadou Sakho, who is out with a hamstring, while midfielder Joe Allen, who has been bothered by a hamstring problem, could be on the bench for the game.
Everton will be hoping for a victory that would see them moving back into the top four, while a Liverpool win will see them keeping the pressure on the top three.
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is set to add to his goal scoring tally this season, with the EPL leading goalscorer already netting 22 times this term. His strike partner Daniel Sturridge has 11 goals.
Romelu Lukaku leads Everton with nine goals.
Liverpool (from): Mignolet, Kelly, Skrtel, Toure, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge, Jones, Cissokho, Smith, Allen, Alberto, Moses, Ibe, Aspas.
Everton (from): Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Stones, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, McGeady, Osman, Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku, Robles, Hibbert, Heitinga, Gueye, Vellios, McAleny, Traore.