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Can returning trio make defensive impact? | Everton vs Brighton: Injury Report

Who’s in and who’s out for today’s game at Goodison

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Everton are finally getting fit again which is great news because defensive reinforcements are desperately needed after the last few underwhelming performances by the backline.

Ashley Williams is mercifully not going to be selected this weekend after he showed how incredibly daft he can be last weekend in the loss at Burnley, making multiple defensive errors followed by making his namesake Ashley Barnes the target of his errant elbow not once but twice. He seemed almost relieved when he was sent off, but not as much as the Blues watching the game who will be glad to see the back of the Wales captain at the end of this season.

Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori are finally in contention for selection while Leighton Baines was on the bench last weekend and could start today.

Maarten Stekelenburg is recovering from groin surgery and could be available at the end of the month, while both Eliaquim Mangala and James McCarthy are out with long-term injuries.

For visitors Brighton & Hove Albion, defender Ezequiel Schelotto left the game last weekend with an injury but should be back for the Everton game. Forward Jiří Skalák is a doubt for this game.

Steve Sidwell remains their only player still out, and is yet to play a game this season following back and ankle injuries.