Funes Back From Suspension

Ramiro Funes Mori is in contention to return to the Everton side against Sunderland after completing his three-match suspension.

The defender was sent off in last month’s Merseyside derby and consequently sat out the following games against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Leicester City.

Gareth Barry could also make his return from a groin injury at the Stadium of Light but Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman (both hamstring) and Gerard Deulofeu (knee) are not expected to feature.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Roberto Martinez said: “Clearly, Ramiro Funes Mori has finished his suspension so he will be available for the squad. 

“Gareth Barry has got a good opportunity, a good option, for the trip.

“I don’t expect Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka or Gerard Deulofeu [to be fit]. They will have a little fitness test for the weekend but I don’t think they are going to be available for tomorrow.”

Martinez also explained why Tony Hibbert missed last Saturday’s trip to the King Power Stadium.

“He’s got a twisted ankle,” revealed the manager. “He was very unfortunate [in training] on the Thursday before the Leicester game. 

“Clearly, in the right-back position we have been very unfortunate. It’s been difficult for the squad to cope with the injuries of Tony, Seamus Coleman and Tyias Browning.”

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