What The Papers Say - 23 September

by Adam Clark

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Attention turns to tonight's Capital One Cup showdown with Swansea City in Tuesday's newspapers, with Roberto Martinez telling the Liverpool Echo his side simply need to forget the mistakes of Sunday's defeat to Crystal Palace and move on.

The Blues travel to South Wales in the third round of the competition and Martinez has also hinted in the Daily Mirror, Independent and Guardian that Bryan Oviedo could be in line to return to the side for the first time since suffering a horrific double leg break in January.

Oviedo played 90 minutes for Everton's Under-21s against Chelsea nine days ago and the Toffees chief insists the Costa Rican is both physically and psychologically ready for a first-team comeback.

Martinez also discusses Tim Howard in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, backing the American not to be haunted by a Palace defeat he described as "spooky".

Meanwhile, many of the national newspapers suggest Manchester City will make a £50million move for Ross Barkley next summer as they look to boost their quota of homegrown players.

Finally, Darron Gibson tells the Liverpool Echo he is desperate to start a competitive match after playing his first minutes for Everton in almost a year as a late substitute against Wolfsburg last Thursday.

The Republic of Ireland international also made a late cameo against Crystal Palace and believes a hectic fixture schedule could give him a chance to force his way back into the Blues' first XI. Watch an evertontv interview with Gibson here.


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