Everton host former manager David Moyes tomorrow as Sunderland come visiting. The Blues had beaten the Black Cats 3-0 in the away leg with Romelu Lukaku grabbing an 11-minute hattrick in the second half.
Lukaku missed out the team bonding trip to Dubai for some warm weather training as he had a niggling calf injury attended to in Belgium. He is fit again though and will lead the Toffees attack on Saturday.
Manager Ronald Koeman confirmed in his pre-match press conference yesterday that Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy are fit as well after the pair missed the 0-0 draw away at Middlesbrough a fortnight ago.
Long term absentees Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Muhamed Besic are progressing with their recoveries, while winger Yannick Bolasie will go under the knife for the second time, which will likely keep him out until 2018.
For former Blues manager David Moyes, he will be happy to have back young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford back in training and likely starting after Vito Mannone’s unhappy tenure in recent weeks.
Steven Pienaar is doubtful to play against his old club after picking up a calf strain this week. Another ex-Evertonian Victor Anichebe is out for the long term, as are Jan Kirchhoff, Paddy McNair, Duncan Watmore and Lee Cattermole.
Papy Djilobodji will also miss the game as he is serving the last of his four-game suspension following an FA misconduct charge for hitting West Bromwich Albion’s Darren Fletcher.