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Everton U21s v Arsenal U21s

Alan Stubbs made full use of the permitted quota of overage players for his Under-21 side's clash with Arsenal - by naming Tony Hibbert, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Bryan Oviedo in the starting line-up.

The game marks Hibbert's first action since September's 2-2 draw with Newcastle, while Hitzlsperger is looking to turn his short-term deal into a long-term stay with the Blues.
 
The former Germany international has agreed a deal with the Blues that will keep him at Goodison until January following a four-week trial in which the former Aston Villa and West Ham midfielder proved his fitness.

Named on the bench for Sunday's first-team game at QPR, the midfielder is also keen to take advantage of opportunities as an over-aged player in the Club's Under-21 side to continue gaining his match sharpness.
 
He told evertontv: "My injury is very good. I am happy with the way things are now. I've been working hard and it has been like a pre-season coming back into it.
 
"I've played two games - for the Under-21s at Norwich and in a friendly match against Huddersfield - and I'm feeling very good. Of course I need more games to get up to match fitness but in general I'm very happy with my condition and how things are going."

Jan Mucha tends the Blues' goal in front of a back-four of  Hibbert, Shane Duffy, Johan Hammar and summer signing Oviedo.

Matthew Kennedy makes his way back into the side after helping Scotland Under-19s progress to the next stage of European Championship qualification - and the winger is joined in midfield by John Lundstram, Francisco Junior, Sam Kelly and Hitzlsperger.

Apostolos Vellios, scorer in the Under-21s last outing against Norwich, leads the line in attack.

The visitors possess a few equally familiar faces in their starting XI too - with England midfielder Jack Wilshere and French full-back Bacary Sagna continuing their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.

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