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Howard Back Early

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Everton have been boosted by an earlier than planned return to the UK for Tim Howard.

The USA goalkeeper helped his nation beat Jamaica 2-0 on Friday night to top their qualifying group.

And, with their place in the 2014 World Cup already assured before that game, he has been released from the USA squad to face Panama on Tuesday.

It means the keeper can return to Merseyside and prepare for Saturday's visit of Hull City to Goodison Park.

Aston Villa's Brad Guzan will take over for Jurgen Klinsmann's side.

Klinsmann explained: "Brad Guzan has earned the opportunity to start against Panama.

"He has been outstanding for Aston Villa all year, and he has been huge in the games he has played for us in World Cup Qualifying.

"As I said before, we have one of the best situations in the world when it comes to our goalkeepers."

To see Howard and his Everton teammates take on Hull, click here, call 0871 663 1878* or visit the Box Office, TicketQuarter or Everton Two.

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