With Everton slumping badly in 2018 and in danger of getting dragged back into a relegation scrap, there could not be a better time for one the Toffees greatest successes to come back into the squad and provide a boost.
Seamus Coleman has always played with a fiery, aggressive style and his presence in the side will be much needed as the Blues have more often than not looked unmotivated and disinterested this season. The Irishman has been out for over 300 days after breaking a leg on international duty, but is finally ready for his senior squad return after getting a run out for the Under-23s last week.
Another player who could be making a return to the squad is lost-in-limbo left back Luke Garbutt. The 24-year-old was not even registered in the 25-man list to start the season, but after making just a handful of appearances for the Under-23s, will be given an opportunity to stake his claim for a squad spot in Leighton Baines’ injury absence.
Tom Davies has recovered from an unstated injury and is available for selection. Ramiro Funes Mori has begun training in earnest again and could be a few weeks out. James McCarthy meanwhile has undergone successful surgery for his double leg break and is recovering at home.
For visitors Leicester City, club captain Wes Morgan is unavailable but Claude Puel will have an otherwise full squad to choose from. He even had the luxury of making ten changes over the weekend as the Foxes thrashed Peterborough United 5-1 in the FA Cup.
There could be some question marks for today’s game over star winger Riyad Mahrez, who reportedly put in a transfer request amidst interest from Manchester City who have lost Leroy Sane for a minimum of six weeks.
Forwards Leonardo Ulloa and Ahmed Musa have both left the club, joining Brighton & Hove Albion and CSKA Moscow respectively on loan.