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Arteta Returns, Heitinga Out

Spaniard starts but Dutchman is one of three midfield absentees.

Arteta Returns, Heitinga Out
Mikel Arteta
John Heitinga

Mikel Arteta returns to the Everton line up for this afternoon's trip to Ewood Park - but John Heitinga has not recovered from the ankle injury he sustained at Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Manager David Moyes is also without Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell but the Scot will be buoyed by the opportunity to include Arteta for the first time since he scored in last month's 2-0 win at Manchester City.

Heitinga's absence means a return for Tony Hibbert at right back as Phil Neville moves into midfield. There, the captain is joined by Arteta, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Steven Pienaar and Tim Cahill. Louis Saha replaces Yakubu in attack and the Nigerian drops to the bench.

Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and Leighton Baines complete the defence.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Arteta, Pienaar, Saha. Subs: Turner, Yakubu, Senderos, Wallace, Anichebe, Yobo, Duffy

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Givet, Nelsen, Dunn, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Andrews, Olsson, Kalinic, Salgado, Jones. Subs: Brown, Roberts, Grella, Basturk, Hoilett, Di Santo, Chimbonda

John HauGood to see Arteta has return to the side, our run-in would be good if he could stay fit for the rest of the season, I don't think it is anything serious with Heitinga but Ankle injuries you normally need a week rest, so, I expect we did have Heitinga back for our next weekend game.

Saturday 17th April 16:02 Report Comment
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