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Everton at Stoke City: Roberto Martinez Pre-Match Quotes

"I have better moves than that!" says Toffees gaffer.

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When Roberto Martinez sat down for his press conference ahead of Everton's trip to Stoke City, the opening subject was a little less serious than Saturday's fixture.

"Yes it was me - but normally I have better moves than that, I promise," said Martinez in the wake of a video going viral of him throwing shapes at a Jason Derulo concert.

"I'm a big fan. It is always good to get inspiration from creative people," he continued.

Focusing on more pressing matters, Martinez said, "Stoke have a phenomenal home record, but this is an important game for us on the back of a good win at home."

In terms of team news for the trip to the Britannia, the Spaniard revealed, "Kevin Mirallas should be back for Stoke. Tim Howard is likely to be out. John Stones had a bit of a niggle in his hamstring and he had a scan yesterday and it was all clear."

"I think it was a fatigue reaction," he explained, "He is 21 and at this stage has played more games than at any time in his professional career.

"I expect him to be back in the next week or 10 days."

Romelu Lukaku came off at half-time during the win against Newcastle with an injury to his back following Fabricio Coloccini's knee to his back in the first half. In light of Wednesday's injury the Blues gaffer said, "Lukaku couldn't walk. He had a knee in his back and tried to run it off in the first half and couldn't."

"We are playing on Saturday and it will be difficult to see him make it but it is not a major problem."

Lukaku's potential absence could mean a debut for £13.5million signing Oumar Niasse but Roberto said, "We are still waiting for paperwork on Oumar Niasse's visa, but we hope to have him available."

Ross Barkley's outstanding display on Wednesday evening has earned him a lot of praise the last few days and his manager said, "Ross Barkley is obsessed with getting better and he has world class talent. You can rely on a character like him."

Yesterday there was a report quoting Andriy Yarmolenko as saying he would rather sign for Everton over Barcelona because of the chance of playing first team football. Martinez didn't give too much away when reacting to this story by saying, "Yarmolenko is one of the best footballers of his generation, but he is registered with another club and we are respectful of that."

Finally, with the Toffees potential rise up the table back on the agenda after getting back to winning ways, the boss said, "We have two important league games before the FA Cup fifth round, then the final third of the season begins. We can set targets then."