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Moyes Hopeful On Cahill

by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

Tim Cahill has a fighting chance of being fit for the Merseyside derby – and is also due a goal – according to manager David Moyes.

The Aussie is Everton’s only doubt ahead of the game after he suffered a badly bruised shin in a challenge with Vincent Kompany at Manchester City last week.

But Moyes confirmed his talisman had trained on Friday ahead of the game and, allowing for a fitness check on the day, will hopefully get the green light to face the Reds.

Cahill has a supreme scoring record against the Anfield side – his five in league games against them is the most since Dixie Dean – and with him yet to find the net in 2011, Moyes says this could be just the occasion for a man who has proved time and again he relishes the big stage.

“Tim trained today so we hope he will be okay,” the Everton boss said at his pre-match press conference. “We will assess it tomorrow but hopefully he will be fine.

“He had lots of bad bruising. It was really bad at the start of the week and he was only able to do a bit of jogging yesterday and (train) a little bit this morning.

“We wouldn’t ever put anybody in half-fit no matter what game it is, and we will need to make sure he is fully fit before we decide to play him.

Moyes added: “He is someone who, since he came to the Club, has scored important goals – not just in games like this – but in other games as well.

“He is lacking a little bit in his goals at the moment but hopefully they are yet to come. He has always been very good for us and epitomises our spirit and what we do here.

“He has been one of the best things to happen to me and Everton in nine or 10 years and he is due a goal, so I am hoping if he makes it he will come up with the goods."

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