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Everton v Tottenham: Injury Report

Roberto Martinez may be struggling to find a midfield partner for Gareth Barry against the north Londoners...

James McCarthy is still sidelined
James McCarthy is still sidelined
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Everton go in to their match against Tottenham with a few injury worries, especially in central midfield.

James McCarthy and Tom Cleverley were both forced off during the 3-4 defeat to Stoke City, and it is unlikely that either will be ready to face Spurs. This could give a chance to a returning Muhamed Besic in the middle of the park, or possibly mean that Ross Barkley is moved further back to accommodate either Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, or Aaron Lennon further forward.

In better news, Phil Jagielka is almost back to full fitness. However, the club captain may be saved for the Capital One Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night. It may be the same for Leighton Baines, who is unlikely to be fit enough for three games in a week.

Long term injuries to Tony Hibbert, Bryan Oviedo, and Tyias Browning remain - but Steven Pienaar may be close to a return. The Tottenham match is too early yet though.

Our opponents also have some injury issues, with Moussa Dembele ruled out for three weeks with a groin injury. Clinton N'Jie and Alex Pritchard also continue to be sidelined. Christian Eriksen or Ryan Mason could return to their starting line-up to replace Dembele, while the other two are mainly squad players.