Everton manager Ronald Koeman said that right back Seamus Coleman would be fit to play against Watford in Saturday’s earlier game. The Republic of Ireland captain had hobbled off after Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic had trampled all over him last weekend.
“Seamus is okay.
“He did a normal first training session today. In the beginning of the week he still had some pain but it looks positive. Normally I’d expect him to be available for the match.”
Youngster Mason Holgate stepped in for Coleman last weekend and played very well.
“Mason was really impressive in the 20, 25 minutes he had.
“He defended well and, in the attacking sense, he gave good support to Gerard Deulofeu.
“We know his situation. At the start of the season he had some injuries. But when we played with three centre-backs he did a good job. He showed he can have a big impact in the squad and that is a really good thing for a young player.”
Muhamed Besic and Yannick Bolasie remain out with long-term injuries, while Tyias Browning has been slowly working his way back to full fitness.
Everton opponents Watford will be without midfielder Roberto Pereyra, who is suspended - the Football Association have reduced his ban from three matches to one.
There is good news for the Hornets though as Miguel Britos and Valon Behrami will return from suspensions.
Daryl Janmaat and Younes Kaboul will be game time decisions while Craig Cathcart will be out for at least another week. Adrian Mariappa, Kenedy and Brice Dja Djedje are also out with long-term injuries.