Everton captain Phil Jagielka and full-back Seamus Coleman will both miss the Merseyside derby against Liverpool and remain doubtful for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United with respective hamstring injuries. Jagielka has missed the last two matches after limping out of the draw with Watford, while Republic of Ireland international Coleman was replaced after 54 minutes of the stalemate with Southampton.
Manager Roberto Martinez revealed after the game at Goodison Park, which saw The Toffees surrender a second half lead, that Coleman would be out for more than a week, meaning he would miss the trip to the Reds and the showcase semi-final at Wembley. There were hopes England international Jagielka would be fit to return but he remains out but will be assessed ahead of the weekend game.
"Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman will be definitely out of the derby," Martinez told a pre-match press conference ahead of games against Liverpool and United. "It is too early to make a final decision before the weekend.
"We are going to assess after tonight's session. We are going to assess Aaron Lennon, Leighton Baines and Tom Cleverley to have a final decision. They're very, very close but we'll have a better idea if they're available for tomorrow. James McCarthy is back from suspension so that will be a clear difference from the squad that we have at the weekend."
Callum Connolly and Tom Davies both came on to make their Everton debuts during the game against Southampton, and the pair could be involved against Liverpool and United as Martinez looks to improve on a run of one league win in the last eight games. The Spanish boss took confidence from the assured performances from the youth duo and is confident they can cope with the pressure of the coming week.
"It was a real positive from the weekend," he added. "It is the most stretched we have been, we made six changes to the starting line-up and I thought everyone had a really good mentality and a competitive edge about us. I thought Tom Davies' debut was very impressive and Callum Connolly showed his versatility playing in different positions and having that character of being ready to play in the first team.
"It is not an accident. The young players we have got at the football club are ready mentally to get into the first team and it shows the detail that these players are going under that these players are getting the opportunity. I have no worries whatsoever [of them playing against Liverpool or United], we are in safe hands."