Donovan Set For Debut
David Moyes adds the loan striker to the squad that travels to Arsenal.
David Moyes adds Landon Donovan to the squad that beat Carlisle in the FA Cup last weekend as Everton travel to Arsenal.
While the Blues boss has been boosted by Mikel Arteta and Victor Anichebe's return to training this week it will be some time before they will be available for selection.
But the on-loan LA Galaxy striker could find himself in line for a debut at the Emirates as Louis Saha fights to shake off a hamstring problem.
Joseph Yobo and Yakubu are away on international duty with Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations.
Donovan has trained with his new team mates this week so is in contention for his Everton debut in the capital.
The manager hopes the American international's arrival on Merseyside has boosted the rest of the squad.
"I hope the other players are given confidence by his arrival and they see that we have brought in a proven international player who we hope can help us," Moyes told evertonfc.com.
With the MLS season finishing in November, Donovan has undertaken his own training in the States to boost his fitness.
Moyes accepts it will be tough to expect the striker to hit the ground running.
"It will be difficult to expect any player to come to another country and deliver immediately.
"You always have to give people time. I think that Landon though could play quite a lot of games in the two and a half months he is here," explained Moyes. "Hopefully he can help us in some of the cups and in the league and if he does that it will be a help to the team."
Phil Jagielka, who began running this week, remains sidelined.
Everton (from): Howard, Nash, Hibbert, Baines, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Donovan, Vaughan, Cahill, Neville, Pienaar, Osman, Neill, Fellaini, Coleman, Duffy, Agard, Baxter, Akpan, Mustafi.
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