The Toffees travel to Norwich for an early match on Saturday against the Canaries. As expected at this point in the season, Everton is dealing with a few injuries. The current list of the wounded includes captain Phil Jagielka, James McCarthy, Tony Hibbert, Bryan Oviedo and Tyias Browning. Steven Pienaar's original return date from injury was today as well, but little has been heard of the player.
The latest reports have McCarthy facing a fitness test ahead of the match. Even if he is cleared to play and dresses, I would not expect him to see the pitch unless another player picks up an injury and the situation warrants it.
In some other positive injury news, defender Jagielka may be back earlier than expected. After suffering medial ligament damage against Arsenal on October 24th, the captain could be back in action as early as Boxing Day.
Norwich only has one player listed as injured. Midfielder Matt Jarvis, who has eight appearances and two goals in all competitions is expected to be out until the end of the month with a knee injury. Wes Hoolahan who has also been dealing with a knee injury is expected to return for this match. Hoolahan, 33, is the club's veteran midfielder and has played in 12 matches this campaign, tallying one goal and five assists. The player also missed a critical penalty against the Blues in their Capital One Cup game in October.