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Central midfielder Darron Gibson is also unlikely to return to action from a knee injury.

Manager David Moyes is expected to rotate his squad after making six changes for the midweek defeat at Liverpool – which included first starts in two months for defender Phil Jagielka and midfielder Jack Rodwell – but has reported “a couple of niggling injuries” to unnamed players.

Striker Nicklas Bendtner is expected to be fit for Sunderland.

The Denmark international left the field on a stretcher with a knee problem during the closing stages of last weekend’s 1-0 Premier League win over Liverpool, but has made a rapid recovery.

However, full-back Kieran Richardson is losing his battle to recover from a calf problem in time and Wayne Bridge could continue, while suspended pair Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon and injured duo Wes Brown (knee) and Titus Bramble (Achilles/calf) remain on the sidelines.

Everton (from): Howard, Mucha, Neville, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Heitinga, Duffy, Baines, Cahill, Drenthe, Rodwell, Fellaini, Coleman, Osman, Barkley, Gueye, Jelavic, Stracqualursi, Anichebe, Vellios.

Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Gordon, Bardsley, Bridge, O’Shea, Turner, Kilgallon, Kyrgiakos, Lynch, Gardner, Larsson, Elmohamady, McClean, Vaughan, Meyler, Colback, Bendtner, Wickham, Ji, Campbell.

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