Everton Facing 'Touch-And-Go' Decisions

Sean Dyche says he faces a number of "touch-and-go" decisions ahead of selecting his Everton side for the FA Cup third round clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Blues head to the capital on Thursday evening (8pm GMT kick-off), looking to progress in the competition, having already secured a 3-2 away win at Palace in the Premier League earlier this campaign.

Abdoulaye Doucoure, who has missed the past four games with a hamstring issue after being replaced at half-time of Everton's 2-0 victory at Burnley last month, has "just about" resumed training but is one of the individuals facing a late call on his availability.

"These are the decisions that will be made," said Dyche. "There are people who are touch-and-go, then [it's a case of] do you play them or do you not, as you can imagine. We hope to have a couple back in with the idea of playing or certainly being in the squad."

Ashley Young has resumed work on the grass but remains with the Club's medical department and will be unavailable for the game against Palace as he continues his rehabilitation from an issue sustained during last month's home triumph over Chelsea.

Idrissa Gana Gueye, meanwhile, continues his recovery from a calf injury but is likely to be called up by Senegal for this month's Africa Cup of Nations. 

"He probably will," said Dyche, when asked if Gana would take part in the international tournament. "He's still here at the moment receiving treatment but if that treatment comes to an end which it probably will do over the weekend or early next week, then [Senegal's] power is to call him up."

On Dele, who earlier this week confirmed he has suffered a setback in his recovery, Dyche continued: "Dele has been assessed. He has got an injury that still needs time - it did do anyway. We've been trying to take the heat away from that to allow him time but, of course, it's fair that people are asking the question."

Finally, asked about the necessity of handing rests to certain players following a hectic December schedule, Dyche explained it will be in his mind but fielding a team to win against Roy Hodgson's side will remain his top priority.

"I've made it clear that we want to win every game," he added. "We want to put a team out that can win every game. There are certain parts of the team that have been very successful with the way they're playing as individuals and as a collective. We want to put out a side that I believe can win - that's our mentality and our view point."