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by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

Everton boss David Moyes could have John Heitinga and Jack Rodwell back in contention to start Sunday’s game against Arsenal.

Dutchman Heitinga has recovered from a slight knee problem which kept him out of the midweek draw with Bolton, while Moyes said Rodwell is close to being ready having warmed the bench since his return from an ankle injury.

The Everton boss must decide how to replace Maroaune Fellaini, with the Belgian missing the next three games through suspension after his red card against the Trotters.

Moyes said at his Friday media conference: "Today was the first day I looked at Jack and thought ‘you are looking better’ and he said to me this morning that he is feeling stronger and more confident in his ankle.

“He has a chance of starting this weekend, I don’t think he was ready for the past couple of games but he is almost there now.

“Heitinga has had an injection, he had a slight problem with his knee but nothing desperate and he has trained today and will be back in the squad this weekend.”

Leon Osman (ankle) misses out.

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