Schneiderlin And McCarthy In Contention

David Unsworth has confirmed that both Morgan Schneiderlin and James McCarthy are in contention for Everton's trip to Chelsea on Wednesday.

Frenchman Schneiderlin was withdrawn during the second half of the Blues' Europa League game against Lyon last week and sat out the defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

McCarthy, meanwhile, has been troubled by a hamstring problem but made his return to the pitch under Unsworth in the Under-23s’ Premier League International Cup loss to Wolfsburg.

The pair joined the group on Tuesday morning as Unsworth oversaw his first training session since being placed in temporary charge of the Toffees.

And the former defender admitted he was pleased with the attitude shown by his players as they prepared for the Carabao Cup fourth round tie at Stamford Bridge.

“Both James and Morgan are available for Wednesday and they were part of the group this morning when I spoke to the players," he said. "We went out at 11 o’clock and had a great session.

“The spirit was great – within five minutes of the ball rolling the players were buzzing and it was a really good session.

"They reacted straight away and we have done a little bit of work on Wednesday’s game.

"They were very receptive to what we were doing. The quality was there and the atmosphere we want was there.

"My first impressions of the squad – because there are some different players here to when I last took over – were very good."

The availability of Schneiderlin and McCarthy is a welcome boost for Unsworth as Idrissa Gana Gueye misses the game through suspension following his dismissal for two yellow cards against Arsenal. 

Ross Barkley (hamstring), Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie (both knee) and Seamus Coleman (leg) all remain long-term absentees.

More to follow.

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