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Rodwell And Osman Return

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell will return to action when Everton Reserves take on Bolton at Finch Farm this afternoon.

The duo have both been sidelined since the first-team's home defeat to the Trotters in early January and will be keen to prove their fitness with David Moyes’ men set to travel to QPR on Saturday.  

A piece of floating bone in the knee has kept Osman off duty, while England youngster Rodwell has been hampered by a hamstring problem

But the pair will both start in what is a strong line-up for Alan Stubbs’ side.

David Weir, who returned to the Club as a coach last week, makes his second successive start, while there are also places for Magaye Gueye, James McFadden and new signing Francisco Junior.

The former Benfica midfielder agreed a deal to join the Blues on a free transfer earlier this month and has now received international clearance to play.

Marcus Hahnemann will continue in goal after impressing during last week's 1-1 draw at Liverpool, while youngsters Tyias Browning, Ibou Touray and Eric Dier will play in front of the American alongside veteran Weir.

Rodwell, Osman, McFadden, Junior and Gueye will form a midfield five, with Joao Silva set to operate as the lone striker in attack.

Live updates from the game will be available on and via our official Facebook Fanpage and Twitter feed .  

Everton: Hahnemann, Browning, Touray, Junior, Weir, Dier, McFadden, Rodwell, Silva, Osman, Gueye. Subs: Davies, McAleny, Hope, Lundstram, Orenuga

Lynch, Riley, Kellett, McQuade, Eckersley, Blakeman, Stayte, Vela, Eaves, Fazlic, Obadeyi. Subs: Dennis, Fielding, Irwin, Odelusi, Lester


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