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Roberto Martinez says midfielder James McCarthy is fully fit to tackle Manchester United on Sunday.

McCarthy was only named on the bench for Wednesday's visit of Crystal Palace due to a muscular problem but managed a 30-minute run-out as a substitute.

And Martinez insists the Republic of Ireland international will be back in contention to start against the reigning Barclays Premier League champions as the Blues look to mount pressure on top-four rivals Arsenal.

"He [McCarthy] is massively important to us and he should be fine," said the Toffees chief on Friday. "I was very pleased because we took a bit of a risk with him on Wednesday.

"But he's fully fit, he came through okay and he's preparing well for Sunday. I don't expect that to be a problem."

Routledge McCarthyRoberto Martinez says midfielder James McCarthy is fully fit after a muscle problem forced him to start Wednesday's game against Crystal Palace on the bench.

Meanwhile, skipper Phil Jagielka is again expected to miss out, with Martinez confirming a behind-closed-doors friendly has now been arranged for next week.

The Spaniard is keen for the defender to play a full 90 minutes before introducing him back to top-flight action - but did admit he could figure among the substitutes.

Asked if Jagielka might be named on the bench, Martinez replied: "He's got a chance. I wouldn't say he's not ready to do that. But to play 90 minutes, I would say no."

Midfielder Steven Pienaar will also be absent for the visit of the Red Devils.

The 32-year-old South African has sat out Everton's last seven games and is not yet ready for a return.

"Steven is doing really well but he's not ready for Sunday," said Martinez. "I don't think he'll be too far away.

"I hope Stevie can play at Goodison again this season, so the Manchester City game would be a realistic target for him."

Juan Mata is expected to return to the Manchester United starting line-up having been cup-tied for their last match - a 3-1 Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich.

Form

Wednesday's defeat to Crystal Palace ended Everton's record unbeaten Premier League run of seven straight wins.
 
It was also the first time in 10 matches since Boxing Day that the Blues had dropped points on home soil.
 
Consolation strikes from Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas took Everton's goalscoring tally for the campaign to 55 in the league. Roberto Martinez's men have scored at least two in six of their last seven games and each of their last four at home.

Steven NaismithWednesday's defeat against Crystal Palace was a first in eight league games for the Toffees.
 
Manchester United head to Goodison Park boasting the best away record of any club in the competition.
 
A 4-0 victory at Newcastle United earlier this month took them to 33 points on the road this term -  nine more than they have amassed at home.
 
United go into the game on the back of a 3-1 Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich but have won on each of their last two league outings.

Last Meeting

Manchester United 0-1 Everton, Monday 2 December 2013

 
Bryan Oviedo was the hero back in December as Everton recorded their first win at Old Trafford in 21 years.
 
The Costa Rican struck with just four minutes remaining to spark wild celebrations among the 3,000 Blues who had made the trip down the M62.

Oviedo and DistinSylvain Distin and goalscorer Bryan Oviedo celebrate December's 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
A full match report from that game can be read here, while highlights can be watched here.
 
Last season's meeting of the two sides at Goodison Park also ended in an Everton victory, now Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini heading home the only goal on what was the opening weekend of the campaign.

What's Happening At Goodison

Head to the Park End car park to catch Easter festivities in the Fan Zone from 2.10pm!

Junior Blues can meet the Easter bunny and get free chocolate, while Evertonian singer Jennifer Jewell will be performing on stage.

The popular Everton photobooth is also back for supporters to get a free matchday souvenir.

And, if you want to meet the players as they arrive at Goodison, visit the Players' Parade from around 1.40pm.

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