Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed Tom Cleverley only has a 50% chance of being available for the Premier League game against Chelsea. The Toffees boss said the midfielder is close to full fitness after suffering an Achilles problem, but warned he might not make the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Martinez, 42, also revealed the Merseyside club did not suffer any fresh injuries during their 0-0 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on 13 January. "Tom Cleverley is recovering well but I'd say he's 50/50 to be involved in the Chelsea game," he explained during a pre-match press conference, according to the BBC.
"James McCarthy has started to do some good work and is not far away but won't be involved and the same goes for Seamus Coleman. We'll have the exact same squad as we had against Man City and it's going to be a tough mental and physical challenge with two tough away games in one week."
The Everton boss admitted he expects a competitive game at Stamford Bridge, despite Chelsea enduring a difficult season thus far. Martinez also bemoaned the number of draws Everton have had this season.
"Chelsea are a team full of winning footballers, they can produce something magic out of the nothing," he said. "But we still want to be ourselves and be able to performance in the way we've been doing away from home this season.
"We want to win games – the amount of draws we've got in the league has stopped us from being in a better position in the table." The Toffees currently sit 11th in the Premier League table, having drawn 10 times this season.