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Everton could give debuts to deadline-day midfield signings James McCarthy and Gareth Barry in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.

But on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku cannot play against his parent club.

McCarthy did suffer a slight knock on international duty for the Republic of Ireland, as did right-back Seamus Coleman, but both are in contention to play.

Midfielder Darron Gibson (knee) and defender Antolin Alcaraz (hernia) are not yet ready to return but both are back in training and close to fitness.

Meanwhile, Samuel Eto’o is set to make his debut for Chelsea at Goodison Park.

The 32-year-old former Cameroon international striker, who signed from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer transfer window, is likely to start from the bench and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said: “He will be selected and when you are selected as a striker you play – you start or finish the game.

“It is the area where I make more changes during the match,” added the Portuguese, who reported no injury problems with Chelsea players returning from the international break.

Will Samuel Eto’o and Willian prove the key signings triggering a Chelsea march to the title, or are they simply passing through Stamford Bridge for their latest pay cheque?

Much will be revealed from their first impressions at Goodison Park, a venue offering a particularly passionate delight for those unacquainted with English football.

Everton have Gareth Barry and James McCarthy making their debut, but these are the types of fixtures when the physical presence of Marouane Fellaini will be missed most.

Stat of the game: Everton drew 15 games last season, the equal highest, and have started this campaign with three draws.

Everton (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Howard; Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Osman, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar; Barkley, Jelavic.
Out: Lukaku (ineligible), Gibson (knee), Alcaraz (hernia).

Chelsea (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Hazard, Willian, Oscar; Eto’o.
Out: Kalas (leg).

Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 3. R0 Y5.

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