Friday 26th December 2014 3:00 PM
Referee: Lee Fuckin Mason.
Everton Team: Howard (Robles), Coleman, Jagielka (Alcaraz), Stones, Baines, Mirallas, McCarthy (Eto'o), Barry, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku
Subs: Robles(45m), Alcaraz(45m), McGeady, Kone, Eto'o(69m)
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James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas are back for Everton.

If they start they will be a much needed addition to the dross played at Southampton.

Gibbo, Hibbo, and Ossie will miss out, but are not far away being fit.

Roberto said: "Kevin Mirallas has got a great chance to be involved over the next two games.

"We don't know yet if the Stoke game is going to be too early but he has an opportunity, which is fantastic news.

"James McCarthy is very similar to Kevin. I do think he will be involved one way or another over the next two games."

"Tony Hibbert still needs a couple of weeks. He picked up a knock in training so he is out of the squad for the next two games. Leon Osman is very similar.

"Darron Gibson is progressing really well and I wouldn't be surprised if he is involved in the next two weeks, so we are getting really close."

Everton squad: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Besic, Barry, Naismith, Eto'o, Barkley, Lukaku, Robles, Garbutt, Stones, Alcaraz, McGeady, Pienaar, Kone, McCarthy, Mirallas, Oviedo, Browning. 

Kipper's Starting XI; Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku.  

What would Your Starting XI? Comment Below.

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Boring again, time to go Roberto
John, Liverpool , 5:22 PM 26/12/2014
Distin, Baines, Barry and Luk's on the bench, been utter shite!!!!!
Jon, Jersey, 11:19 AM 26/12/2014
I'd play 442: Howard, Baines, Stones, Jags, Coleman, Pienaar (left wing) McCarthy, Besič, Mirallas, Barkley (No. 10) Rom up top. Bench: Robles, Garbutt, Barry, Distin, Naismith, Kone, Ledson
James, Huyton, 10:45 AM 26/12/2014
Good to see mirallas back been impressed by besic would start with eto up front
Chris Bowen , Castleford , 9:05 AM 26/12/2014
JAS, Singapore, 4:34 AM 26/12/2014
Don't care who's fit, Naismith must start !
Paul D, Manchester, 11:01 PM 25/12/2014
Give Mo a run out with Macca, I'd like to see Kone play behind Rom.
Jonnie, The swan bar, 8:09 PM 25/12/2014
Stevie wonder. Garbo. Galloway Stones.browning.oveido.besic.mccarthy.super Kev Kone rom??? So agree with number 3. Pace goes out of the team when hes playing also it's like playing with 3 centre backs
Ian, London, 7:56 PM 25/12/2014
Your selection will do just fine, ta. Happy Christmas to all Blues everywhere...
blue, Honor Oak, 4:56 PM 25/12/2014
Howard Coleman stones jags bainsey besic McCarthy mirallas Barkley etoo kone
Joe , Liverpool, 3:53 PM 25/12/2014
Howard Stones Jagielka Barry Besic Coleman Barkley Baines Lukaku Kone Naismith
Eddie Hayes, Roby Mill, 2:39 PM 25/12/2014
All I want for christmas is Besic and McCarthy in midfield. Please please please El Bob give Barry the next 6 months off!
Bri_g, Waterloo, 2:24 PM 25/12/2014
Fed up with Gibson now to be honest. I respect his desire to play for Ireland but yet again he has been injured on international duty and out for a length of time. Are we getting any compensation from the FAI? This matter needs to be balanced out against the comments Keane made a couple of months ago.... I like Gibson and Ireland, the guy has been unlucky, but we are yet again without a player. Sorry.
Oscar, Crosby, 1:35 PM 25/12/2014
Barry on the bench and give Besic a run in midfield with Macca
Nudger, St helens , 11:24 AM 25/12/2014
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