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James McCarthy has been declared fit and available for Everton as they get set to host Manchester United on Sunday.

McCarthy made a half hour appearance in Everton's midweek loss to Crystal Palace and came through okay. He will likely return to partnering Gareth Barry in central midfield as the Toffees look to bounce back against a United side that should have Wayne Rooney available.
Apr 18 - 2:46 PM

Roberto Martinez will not rule out Phil Jageilka for Everton's clash with Manchester United on Sunday, but he did state the defender's chances were unlikely.

With the way John Stones has performed in his absence, there is no reason for Martinez to push Jagielka at all, so Stones owners should feel relatively safe in their asset. Everton picked up all 21 possible points in the seven games he missed prior to their defeat last weekend to Crystal Palace so it would be hard to justify making changes at the back. Even when Jags is declared fully fit, there's no guarantee he will slot right back in to the XI.
Apr 18 - 2:36 PM

Everton have signed goalkeeper, Tim Howard, for an additional two years. The US shot-stopper will now be at the club through 2017.

Everton's defence has surprisingly improved under Roberto Martinez, and Tim Howard has been a big part of that. He's now been rewarded with a new deal and should play out his prime years with the Toffees.
Source: The Guardian
Apr 18 - 1:43 AM

Everton's chances of finishing in the top four took a major blow this evening, as they have their seven game winning streak snapped at home to a confident Crystal Palace side in a 2-3 final.

Everton have to be feeling a bit stunned, as they had just put themselves in a position to control their fate over the weekend, and now find themselves losing at home to a side they may have underestimated. It was looking dire after going down 0-2 early in the second half, but substitute Steven Naismith helped the Toffees get back in it with his third goal of the last four matches. Palace went up by two again, but Kevin Mirallas cut the deficit late with his 8th league goal this season. Unfortunately, they could not eventually equalize, though Mirallas had a huge chance squandered in the final moments. Everton dominated possession and took over a dozen corners, but two goals were all they could manage, and it wasn't enough. They now hand the fate of the final Champions League spot back over to Arsenal.
Apr 16 - 5:17 PM

Everton could not get their attack to break through the Sunderland defense, but solid defending, and an own goal from Wes Brown gave the Toffees a 0-1 win, moving them ahead of Arsenal into the final Champions League spot.

The hero for Everton, 19 year old John Stones, who is quickly making a case to stay in Roberto Martinez's side once Phil Jageilka returns to fitness. Stones made a critical clearance off the goal line in the first half when Fabio Borini got around the keeper but Stones got in the way in the nick of time. It was end to end action but neither side was breached until Wes Brown stood between a Gerard Deulofeu cross and goal, and the ball deflected in. A disappointing result for those who invested in the Everton attack, but they still have Crystal Palace to face midweek.
Apr 12 - 12:16 PM

In an effort to boost match fitness, Roberto Martinez says a behind closed doors friendly has been arranged next week for Phil Jageilka.

While the phrase "ruled out" doesn't appear in the limited space of a Twitter report, the information provided can only lead one to conclude that he will not be back for the weekend trip to Sunderland, not the hosting of Palace in the second match of their double gameweek. This now makes the prospect of using John Stones this gameweek a safe one, as the converted fullback continues to hold his own at center back, and an economic one, as he is 3.5m less than the next cheapest route to a Toffee clean sheet, Sylvain Distin.
Apr 10 - 2:22 PM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez stated in a recent press conference that he does not expect Leon Osman to miss action due to the eye injury he suffered in the Toffees defeat of Arsenal over the weekend.

Osman has been stitched up and participated in the opening training session with the rest of the first team, so all signs point to the veteran midfielder making the squad for the trip to Sunderland. Whether or not Martinez wants to go with him or Ross Barkley, who was effective as his replacement, to play behind Romelu Lukaku in that match remains to be seen.
Apr 8 - 4:18 PM

In a match with enormous implications, Everton convincingly defeated Arsenal 3-0, thanks in part to a goal and an assist from Romelu Lukaku.

Outside of an injury to Leon Osman that forced the midfielder off within the first ten minutes, it was all positive for Everton today. Crisp passing and disciplined defending is what led to their much deserved win. The opening goal resulted from a rebound of a Lukaku shot that Steven Naismith pounced on and fired home. Twenty minutes later, Lukaku was at it again, this time with a superb individual effort. On a break, he was given the ball out wide, then cut back in, outpacing the defenders around him, and hit a laser beam into the corner of goal. The final goal would be credited as an O.G. to Mikel Arteta, but it was another result of a well-oiled Toffee attack. They have moved to within a point of the Gunners for the final Champions League spot, with a game in hand and all the confidence in the world.
Apr 6 - 11:35 AM

Roberto Martinez confirmed that Darron Gibson is set to return to training next week for Everton, and hopes to see the midfielder in action again before season's end.

Gibson will provide depth upon his return, but thee two central defensive midfield positions in Martinez's system, Gareth Barry and James McCarthy have had solid seasons and will likely continue their partnership through the remainder of the season. Still, he has young and room to grow and should figure more heavily next season assuming he stay fit.
Apr 4 - 11:36 AM

Roberto Martinez is still monitoring the health of Ross Barkley ahead of Everton's match against Arsenal, but states "we're very much positive he'll be available."

Barkley was removed at halftime during the Toffees defeat of Fulham last weekend with a calf injury but the manager's words are encouraging enough to believe he won't miss any further time. Still, he can be a frustrating fantasy commodity, as he has missed he was thought to be available for this season and vice versa. There is no denying however his presence makes Everton's attack much more potent and helps the fantasy value of his teammates.
Apr 4 - 11:26 AM

After a goalless first half, Everton and Fulham found their attacking feet in the second, combining for four goals, all from substitutes, but it was the Toffees who got the better of it in a 1-3 win.

A calf injury to Ross Barkley was the unexpected catalyst to get the action started, as Steven Naismith enjoyed 45 minutes of some of the best football of his life. The opening goal went as an own goal for Fulham keeper David Stockdale, but it came from a Naismith strike. Kevin Mirallas would regain the lead for Everton after the Cottagers leveled, scoring from the bench himself. Then, in the closing minutes, Leighton Baines fed Naismith for the only goal he would be credited for, but he was all over the place and could have finished with a hat trick, if not more.
Mar 30 - 10:29 AM

Ross Barkley was removed at halftime during Everton's match with Fulham with what is thought to be a calf injury.

Just when Barkley was building up his fantasy stock, starting both games of the double last week and again today, he goes back down with another injury. Between mounting injuries with unreliable timetables and Roberto Martinez's penchant to move Barkley in and out of his XI when fit, the youngster, while full of potential, is becoming increasingly frustrating to trust in fantasy.
Mar 30 - 10:03 AM

Everton grabbed their first road win of 2014 in convincing fashion, bossing Newcastle United for 90 minutes in a 3-0 final.

It was all Everton today as Ross Barkley set the tone in the first half with a bulldog run 70 yards down the pitch, shifting from right to left and beating Tim Krul in one of the better individual efforts you will see this year. With the advantage, they only attacked more in the second half, as Gerard Deulofeu linked up with Lukaku on the counter attack, and the Belgian finished with his fourth goal in as many games against Newcastle. The Belgian would add to his fantasy day with a an assist on Leon Osman's strike at the end of the game. The clean sheet only adds to a productive fantasy day for those who invested, with the exception of Kevin Mirallas, who spent the entire match on the bench.
Mar 25 - 5:49 PM

Everton leapfrog Tottenham to take over 5th place in the table with a lively 3-2 win over Swansea City.

The goals began with a foul by Chico, who brought Ross Barkley down in the box and allowed Leighton Baines to convert a penalty kick, the first for the Toffees in over a year. The two sides were level at halftime but it was Everton who came out strong in the 2nd half, topped off with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Barkley, both of whom were fed by Kevin Mirallas just five minutes apart. It was a bit of an awakening for the Toffee attack, coming off a stretch of five goals scored over their last six matches. They have a trip to Newcastle left to wrap up their double gameweek.
Mar 22 - 1:26 PM

Gareth Barry is training as normal in the buildup to Everton's match with Swansea City on Saturday after being the victim of a nasty tackle by Cardiff City's Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

Barry is a tough cookie but he is still lucky to come out of that tackle relatively fine. Roberto Martinez will not hesitate to turn right back to him for the weekend, though he is still assessing the injuries to Steven Pienaar and Phil Jageilka. There should be an update on both of those players by Friday.


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