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Boss To Make Late Traore Call

Martinez will assess striker and six others ahead of derby.

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Roberto Martinez says he will make a late decision as to whether Lacina Traore is thrown into action against Liverpool on Tuesday.

Everton head to Anfield looking for their first away derby win since 1999, with victory enough to overtake the hosts into fourth in the Barclays Premier League table.

Giant forward Traore joined the Blues on loan from Monaco on Friday and is expected to travel to Merseyside on Monday.

"Lacina will arrive today and we're going to bring him into the squad as soon as he's ready," said Martinez.

"It's a little early to tell if he'll be able to make the derby or not but he'll be working with us from today."

Meanwhile, the Blues boss is closely monitoring a further half-dozen members of his squad all harbouring hopes of featuring in the 8pm kick off.

He added: "We've got a group of six players that we need to assess. They're carrying a few knocks and injuries. Phil Jagielka had to come off at half-time against Stevenage and we have Sylvain Distin, Antolin Alcaraz, Seamus Coleman, Steven Pienaar and Ross Barkley.

“We're doubtful they can make the derby, but they're not far away so maybe someone has a chance.”

Everton return to Goodison Park on 1 February against Aston Villa. Click here to book tickets online.


Monday 27th January 21:57 Report Comment

david mcfeei don,t often get this feeling but i can visualize the fa cup cup coming back home to goodison [bring it home boys].

Monday 27th January 15:44 Report Comment

Errol DavisTerrible injury for anyone but let's hope Oviedo recovers well in the fullness of time and, who knows, makes it to Brazil! Good news on Baines signing new contract. COYB!! Let's win tomorrow!

Monday 27th January 12:39 Report Comment

Michael FearonGood win but injuries are piling up. Did anyone see shades of "The golden vision" as Naisy gets two?

Monday 27th January 11:49 Report Comment

stephen wrightWell done Baines,well done Roberto, best wishes to Bryan Oviedo. Im sure the Boss was a big reason why Baines signed, love the footbal guys keep it up the good times are on the way back...COYB

Monday 27th January 10:49 Report Comment


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