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Everton v Manchester City: Injury Report

Roberto Martinez could welcome back some key players for the Premier League clash...

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Everton go in to the second game of their three match January epic with Manchester City with a few injury problems.

The good news is that after being left out of the FA Cup victory over Dagenham & Redbridge, Roberto Martinez has announced that Romelu Lukaku is fit to face the Citizens.

Ramiro Funes Mori is also able to play, despite needing 10 stitches in his head after a clash in Saturday's match. This is important as it could mean that John Stones is able to switch to right-back to cover for Seamus Coleman. The fit-again Phil Jagielka and Funes Mori could line up in the middle as they did on the weekend.

Tom Cleverley is rated at 50/50 for the encounter, and given the form of Gareth Barry and Muhamed Besic, is surely unlikely to be risked unless one of that pair is in need of a rest.

James McCarthy, Tony Hibbert, and Tyias Browning are definitely ruled out, but there is a chance Steven Naismith could be available if Norwich City don't snap him up beforehand.

Unluckily for the Blues, City also have some key players returning to full fitness. Yaya Toure and David Silva are both available for Manuel Pellegrini again.

However, our Capital One Cup semi-final opponents are still missing the vitally important Vincent Kompany - a problem which is worsened by Eliaquim Mangala's hamstring injury. Surely the Blues can score past a back line containing Martin Demichelis and Nicolas Otamendi?

Man City will also be without Fernandinho, Samir Nasri, and Wilfried Bony for Wednesday's encounter.