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Midfielder Ross Barkley is one of four injury doubts for Everton boss Roberto Martínez ahead of their game with Norwich at Goodison Park.

The 20-year-old has a swollen toe in his right foot and will be assessed but Martínez retains hope he can feature along with full-back Leighton Baines.

There is less optimism surrounding Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin, though, with the pair thought to be a week away from full fitness so John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz could continue their central-defensive partnership.

On-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu is still on course of a February comeback from his hamstring injury, while midfielder Darron Gibson has targeted a return by April from his knee injury.

Meanwhile, midfielders Wes Hoolahan and Bradley Johnson return to the Norwich squad after sitting out last weekend’s FA Cup third-round draw with Fulham, as does captain Sebastien Bassong.

Centre-back Michael Turner and Jonny Howson are still sidelined, while Alex Tettey (knee) and Anthony Pilkington have both returned to light training following their own injury lay-offs. Winger Elliott Bennett is a long-term absentee.

When Roberto Martínez was unveiled as Everton manager last summer, chairman Bill Kenwright revealed that the Spaniard had promised to deliver Champions League football. It seemed ambitious.

Yet here are Everton; fifth in the league, seven points off top. In January.

Now Norwich must be dispatched. Last time Goodison Park expected a victory, a defeat against Sunderland followed.

Like Sunderland, Norwich arrive on Merseyside without a Premier League victory in more than a month.

Stat of the game: Norwich manager Chris Hughton is unbeaten in five Premier League games against Everton, winning twice.

Everton (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Stones, Alcaraz, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar; Lukaku
Out: Deulofeu (hamstring), Gibson (knee)
Tests: Barkley (toe), Baines (back), Jagielka, Distin (both hamstring).

Norwich (Possible, 4-4-2): Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Olsson; Snodgrass, Johnson, Fer, Redmond; Hoolahan, Hooper.
Out: Pilkington, Turner (both hamstring), Howson (back), Tettey, E Bennett (both knee).

Referee: Kevin Friend. Matches: 9, R1 Y31.

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