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by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Attention has turned to Tottenham and the race for European qualification in Saturday's local and national newspapers.

The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Kevin Mirallas faces a fight to be fit in time for Sunday's game at White Hart Lane due to a groin problem he sustained against Stoke City last weekend.

Also in the Liverpool Echo, Howard Kendall has praised Mirallas for his impact against the Potters, saying the Belgian is a 'refreshing' player to have in the squad. The former Blues boss also believes Everton are facing Tottenham at an 'advantageous' time, even if they do have the toughest run-in of all the clubs fighting for the top five. Another former Toffee, Graham Stuart, says it's imperative Everton capitalise fully if Spurs begin to suffer a bout of end of season jitters.

Various newspapers
have confirmed the news that Gareth Bale will miss tomorrow's game at White Hart Lane after being ruled out for at least two weeks.

The Daily Telegraph
has assessed the race for the top four, saying Champions League qualification could be key to David Moyes' future. The paper also suggests Everton have the toughest set of fixtures of any of the top six sides.

In the Daily Mirror, David Moyes has praised defender John Heitinga for battling back from a mid-season blip that the Scot says would have 'broken' most players, while in the Daily Star Heitinga reveals he has put that poor start to the year behind him.

Meanwhile, various papers have taken a lighter look at this weekend's sport and tipped Evertonians to back Cappa Bleu in today's Grand National.

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