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Everton captain Phil Jagielka faces a late fitness test on a hamstring injury to see whether or not he can return from a fortnight’s absence to face Cardiff at home.

Midfielder Steven Pienaar has also to be assessed after coming off with a knock in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Arsenal.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard returns after being rested last week.

Meanwhile, centre-back Ben Turner could be doubtful for Cardiff.

The 25-year-old suffered a knock late in the Bluebirds’ vital win over Fulham last weekend.

Spanish defender Juan Cala is back in contention after recovering from a stomach bug.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s mission to prove there is more to his managerial reputation than being a stellar name continues at Goodison Park.

Despite last weekend’s victory over Fulham, the Welsh side have dipped alarmingly since sacking Malky Mackay.

Everton need European qualification to salvage a season derailed since the New Year.

Cardiff’s away form has been limper than a wet lettuce.

Everton are formidable on home soil so another week in the drop zone beckons for Ole.

Stat of the game: Cardiff have failed to win in their last 11 away games in the league, losing the last seven.

Everton (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Distin, Stones, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar; Lukaku.
Out: Gibson, Koné (both knee), Traoré (hamstring), Oviedo (broken leg).
Tests: Jagielka (hamstring), Pienaar (unspecified).

Cardiff (Possible, 4-1-3-2): Marshall; Fabio, Caulker, Cala, Taylor; Medel; Noone, Mutch, Kim; Campbell, Jones.
Out: Hudson (hamstring).
Test: Turner (unspecified).

Referee: Roger East. Matches: 4, R1 Y16.

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