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Stek back, Baines & McCarthy still out

Manager’s pre-match press conference

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Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg should be back between the posts this weekend as Everton travel to London to take on Chelsea. However, Leighton Baines and James McCarthy have not recovered yet and will miss the trip. Midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards and will miss out as well.

Manager Ronald Koeman spoke to the media earlier today.

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Posted by Everton Football Club on Thursday, November 3, 2016

"Maarten is back and did the normal week's sessions. He's ready and fit to play, but Baines is not.

"He's close to being back but we won't take any risk because after the weekend we have the international break so, if everything goes well, we will have him back after then.”

There has been a war of words recently between Koeman and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill over the fitness of midfielder McCarthy, but Koeman said he’s had enough chatter and would not speak with O’Neill.

“I talk about him, he talk about me. Let’s stop it.

“It’s always difficult because the player is between the club and between Ireland.

“But first of all you have to do what’s best for his club, and if you are fit then you do your best for your nation.

“It’s a little bit the same story as last time. I advised James to stay here, train and be fit as soon as possible.”

"The player is not fit. The players is not involved in team sessions. To have a call-up he needs to be close."

Striker Arouna Kone is slowly making his way back to full fitness, but will not be available for this weekend.

"He did a team session today and is back in training but is not fit for being named in the squad for the weekend."