Kone Out Of Spurs Clash
But John Heitinga is ready to rejoin the squad.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be without Arouna Kone for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur after the striker suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.
Dutch defender John Heitinga has returned to training following a muscle complaint however, meaning Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) and Darron Gibson (knee) are the Spaniard's only other absentees.
Ivory Coast international Kone over-extended his knee after coming off the bench during last month's 2-1 win over Hull City and Martinez confessed the problem is worse than originally thought.
"We are a little bit worried about the knock that Arouna Kone picked up against Hull City," he said on Friday. "We had a bit of a setback. It's a little bit more serious than we first expected, so he won't be available for the squad.
"It [the severity of the injury] is something we need to find out over the next few days. We'll do a few tests and see how his knee is reacting."
Martinez also revealed how Gibson has been in good spirits following surgery on his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, while fit-again full-back Tony Hibbert is impressing in his search for full match fitness.
"Darron Gibson has had a very good week straight after surgery, so it's been a real positive week and he's already on the road to recovery," said the Blues boss. "Tony is getting ready. He had 90 minutes in a practice game on Tuesday and that was a real positive. He's getting stronger in training and his experience is a real need for us to have him in the squad.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing him fulfil his fitness levels and then making sure he is available.
"He's been a really important player to have around, it's great to have him fully fit again and he's going to have a massive role this season."
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