Rafa Benitez has confirmed Everton will again be without Seamus Coleman, Richarlison, Andre Gomes and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Saturday’s Premier League clash at Manchester United (12.30pm BST) – but says the quartet are improving “little by little” as they target a return to competitive action.
Benitez added Jean-Philippe Gbamin is “fully fit” and available for selection after recovering from a quadriceps issue – but Alex Iwobi has a "little problem" and is doubtful for the Old Trafford contest.
Fellow midfielder Fabian Delph is expected to miss out with a shoulder injury.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference at USM Finch Farm, Benitez explained: "Seamus Coleman and Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] are not ready yet.
"They are training, they are starting to train on the pitch, little by little, but they are not ready for this game.
"With Richarlison and Andre, it is exactly the same situation. They continue working and they are getting better, but they are not ready for this game.
"Alex has a little problem and I don’t know if he will be available for tomorrow.
"JP [Gbamin] is training again. He is fully fit. It is good news to have him back because we need bodies."