McCarthy Bookings Don't Faze Boss
Martinez says derby danger does not affect Palace thoughts.
Roberto Martinez insists James McCarthy's potential Merseyside derby suspension will not bear any influence on his team selection this weekend.
The Blues midfielder is currently on four bookings for the season and a further caution before the New Year would enforce a one-game ban.
A yellow card at Crystal Palace on Saturday would therefore mean the Republic of Ireland international would miss Martinez's first meeting with Liverpool on 23 November.
But asked if the circumstances would affect the 22-year-old's involvement at Selhurst Park, Martinez told evertontv: "Not really, no. At the moment, we need to take every game step-by-step and the focus now is on Crystal Palace."
"It doesn't matter who you play, you only get rewarded three points for a win and one for a draw and that doesn't change.
"In that respect, we look at preparing for Crystal Palace and not any further than that."
Watch the rest of the video above to hear Martinez discuss the trip to face the manager-less Eagles and his thoughts on speaking to his players in different languages. Users of the official Everton app can find this interview in the 'Video' section.
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