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What The Papers Say - 12 February

Boss on Barkley, Traore and the Champions League.

What The Papers Say - 12 February

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Tonight's game against Crystal Palace is the primary focus of Wednesday's newspapers, with boss Roberto Martinez telling the Liverpool Echo victory can help his side 'restore some self-esteem'.

Everton were unfortunate to suffer just their fourth league defeat of the season at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and Martinez is keen for the Blues to bounce back to winning form at the first time of asking.

The paper also covers the news that Lacina Traore is ready to make his Everton debut against the Eagles but that the striker is highly unlikely to start the match.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph and Daily Express are among the national newspapers to report that midfielder Ross Barkley has been playing through the pain barrier since returning from a broken toe last month.

Martinez says the 20-year-old is still feeling slight discomfort in his foot but that he expects him to be back to full fitness in plenty of time to push for a place in the England squad for the friendly against Denmark at Wembley on 5 March.

Meanwhile, on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku is quoted in the Mirror saying he is desperate to play Champions League football as soon as possible, while Martinez adds the fight for the top four remains wide open.

martin gwilliamLets fustrate Chelsea and nick it at the end..Coyb

Thursday 13th February 09:40 Report Comment

shirley jowettHope tonight's game isn't cancelled due to the weather.

Wednesday 12th February 15:38 Report Comment

stig shimellsgive Vellios a chance we need a stiker on NOW we r playing too negative

Wednesday 12th February 14:39 Report Comment

david harmanwe still have plenty to play for don,t forget other teams will have set backs too

Wednesday 12th February 11:26 Report Comment
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