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Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be without Arouna Kone for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur after the striker suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

Dutch defender John Heitinga has returned to training following a muscle complaint however, meaning Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) and Darron Gibson (knee) are the Spaniard's only other absentees.

Ivory Coast international Kone over-extended his knee after coming off the bench during last month's 2-1 win over Hull City and Martinez confessed the problem is worse than originally thought.

Arouna KoneArouna Kone will miss the visit of Tottenham due to a knee problem he sustained against Hull.

"We are a little bit worried about the knock that Arouna Kone picked up against Hull City," he said on Friday. "We had a bit of a setback. It's a little bit more serious than we first expected, so he won't be available for the squad.

"It [the severity of the injury] is something we need to find out over the next few days. We'll do a few tests and see how his knee is reacting."

Form

Sunday's game will be a 17th of the season for a Tottenham side who are top of Europa League Group K and also through to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Extra-time and penalties against Hull City in the latter competition was probably the last thing manager Andre Villas-Boas wanted on Wednesday, but having eventually overcome the Tigers, Spurs arrive on Merseyside undefeated in four games.

Prior to that they suffered a shock 3-0 home reverse against West Ham - though that blip was one of only two defeats in all competitions this term, the other coming away at their fiercest rivals and current Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Tottenham West HamLast month's 3-0 defeat to West Ham was one of only two in 16 outings for Spurs.

Following last week's victory at Aston Villa, Everton have still lost only once in the league this term and will be on the hunt for a third straight win.

The Blues haven't suffered a loss in the league at Goodison Park since a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in late December  2012 and have dropped just six points from a possible 39 at home since.

Last Meeting

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton, 7 April 2013

Everton endured a bittersweet afternoon when they last encountered Tottenham back in April as a Gylfi Sigurdsson goal three minutes from time denied the Blues what would have been a first White Hart Lane win in five years.

A fine performance, in which Phil Jagielka and Kevin Mirallas - quite spectacularly in the case of the Belgian - had notched the goals to overturn Emmanuel Adebayor's first-minute opener, looked as though it would be rewarded with three deserved points.

Kevin MirallasKevin Mirallas celebrates his stunning solo strike at White Hart Lane in April.

That was until Adebayor thumped a shot against the post and the rebound fell perfectly for Sigurdsson, the Iceland international who could hardly miss from four yards out.

Evertonians will have fonder memories of our meeting at Goodison Park last December, when Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar struck injury-time goals to stun Spurs and steal a 2-1 win.

What's Happening At Goodison

Everton will show its support for our Armed Forces heroes on Sunday, with the visit of Spurs designated as the Club's Remembrance fixture.

The game is our last at home before Remembrance Sunday on 10 November and to mark the occasion, RAF Officer Cadet Oliver Rankin, Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Margaret Hill and British Army Sergeant Stephen Clarke will lay poppy wreaths in the centre circle and lead a minute’s silence ahead of kick off.

Roberto MartinezEverton will be honouring our Armed Forces heroes on Sunday.

To find out more about the Remembrance activity, click here.

The Everton Fan Zone will also be in operation in the Park End car park, with a DJ and special guests set to entertain the crowds, while supporters will also be able to meet their first-team heroes as they arrive at the Players' Parade.

Tickets for Sunday's game are still available. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878*.

Alternatively, visit the Park End box office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or TicketQuarter in Queen Square.

 

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