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Roberto Martinez says Muhamed Besic and Ross Barkley will play greater roles against Celta Vigo on Wednesday - but the Everton boss admits Seamus Coleman and Luke Garbutt are now likely to miss the rest of pre-season.

The Blues travel to Tranmere Rovers' Prenton Park to take on the Spanish outfit in a game that will be shown live on evertontv.

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Martinez is still to decide whether midfielder Darron Gibson will feature after he was rested for Sunday's visit of FC Porto, but Besic and Barkley will be given the chance to build on the 45 minutes they each played at Goodison Park.

Coleman (hamstring) and Garbutt (groin) are definitely out and will also miss Sunday's trip to Germany to tackle SC Paderborn.

"We expect Ross and Mo to play a bigger part in this game and the same with every other player," Martinez told evertontv. "Some of the players will start looking at the 90-minute mark and others will just try to increase the intensity during the time they are on the pitch.

"With Darron Gibson it's very much a case of giving him the right amount of work from now until the start of the season.

"If he's not involved against Celta Vigo, he'll be involved against Paderborn at the weekend, so it's not a real issue.

"Seamus Coleman and Luke Garbutt are different. They are recovering from soft tissue problems and I wouldn't expect either of them to be fit for the next two games."

Tickets for Everton's friendly against Celta Vigo at Prenton Park on Wednesday are still available from the Goodison Park box office.

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