Last time out Everton were at close to full strength for their trip to Crystal Palace but just three days later the Toffees are down to the bare bones for Saturday's clash with Southampton. In a season of few highlights, the reverse fixture at St. Mary's was right at the top when Martinez's men were at their most exciting - playing with pace on the break. Now however, the Blues are at their lowest ebb and face a difficult build up to what might be the most important week in manager Roberto Martinez's coaching career.
Leon Osman remains doubtful with what is being described as a knock but that is just the very tip of the iceberg considering who else is missing. Following his two yellow cards on Wednesday, James McCarthy is suspended and Muhamed Besic is expected to deputise. Two definitely out are Tom Cleverley with a 'knock' (and is doubtful for the Liverpool game on Wednesday) and captain Phil Jagielka with his hamstring injury.
Another player suffering from a hamstring injury is Aaron Lennon. The winger is doubtful and will be assessed right up until a couple of hours before the game, as will Leighton Baines and two players nominated for PFA Young Player of Year. Baines is suffering from a groin injury as is star performer Romelu Lukaku. Ross Barkley is doubtful for both tomorrow and the Merseyside Derby with a back injury.
For the visitors, manager Ronald Koeman confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Steven Davis has recovered from an ankle injury in time to face the Blues. Shane Long faces a late fitness test for the Saints with a head injury but both Charlie Austin and Florin Gardos are out with knee injuries; the latter far more serious.