David Moyes has been forced to take a skeleton squad across to
the Netherlands for this evening's game with Eredivisie side
Roda JC, kick-off 7.30pm (CET).
Injuries and red tape have prevented the Blues Boss from taking
his full compliment of players for the penultimate friendly of the
Joseph Yobo and Li Tie have remained on Merseyside due to
problems securing visas for the trip, though the Nigerian probably
wouldn't have travelled due to a knee injury.
That is the exact reason why Lee Carsley has missed a huge chunk
of the build-up and he stays back at Bellefield with Mark
Pembridge, who has been carrying a slight knock.
Duncan Ferguson and Niclas Alexandersson, both involved in last
night's Liverpool Senior Cup win over Southport have been
omitted, though Nick Chadwick and Peter Clarke who also played do
Ferguson is out due to his impending three-match suspension and
Moyes would now rather work closely with the players he does have
available as he starts to finalise his team for the Arsenal game on
Wayne Rooney and Richard Wright miss out due to respective ankle
and shoulder injuries, though the England duo are making excellent
progress and shouldn't be sidelined for too much longer.
Everton from: Gerrard, Simonsen, Weir, Stubbs, Unsworth,
Pistone, Hibbert, Clarke, Gravesen, Gemmill, Linderoth, Watson,
Naysmith, Osman, Campbell, Radzinski, Chadwick.