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Everton vs AFC Bournemouth: Injury Report

Three key players missing for dead rubber - youth players expected to play

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A week on from a dejecting defeat at Wembley to Manchester United, it'll be hard for player and fans to pick themselves up for AFC Bournemouth's visit on Saturday.

Hopefully the inclusion of young players like Matthew Pennington and Kieran Dowell will give Goodison Park the lift it needs. Both are expected to be involved on Saturday, particularly Pennington given the injuries and suspension the defence is enduring.

Phil Jagielka has possibly sacrificed the end of the season to play through his hamstring injury at Wembley last week and isn't expected to be seen in an Everton shirt for the final few games. Whether that affects his Euro 2016 chances remains to be seen. Ramiro Funes Mori is still suspended after his clumsy red card at Liverpool and Seamus Coleman, like Jagielka, is suffering from a hamstring injury and has not been given a return date.

Also out is Gareth Barry with a groin injury and other than that and Tyias Browning's knee injury, Everton are at full strength but Dowell's U21 form and scoring wonder goals for fun has forced Roberto Martinez to include him in his squad. Tony Hibbert is also available for what should be his last few games on the Everton bench.

For the visitors, the Cherries are without Adam Smith and Tokelo Rantie with them suffering from hernia and muscular injuries, respectively. Neither Smith and Rantie have been given return dates and neither has Harry Arter who is out of Saturday's clash with a calf injury.

Tyrone Mings is also missing with the knee injury he suffered on his debut at the start of the season. Max Gradel is a doubt for Eddie Howe's side and faces a late fitness test for his hip and thigh injuries.