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Young Boys
Thursday 19th February 2015 7:00 PM
(LIVE on ITV4 6.00PM)
Goal Scorers: Lukaku(24,39,58m), Coleman(28m)
Everton Team: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Oviedo (Garbutt), Barry, McCarthy (Alcaraz), Mirallas, Naismith, Barkley, Lukaku (Atsu)
Subs: Robles, Garbutt(56m), Alcaraz(70m), Besic, Gibson, Atsu(85m)
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Even though Leon, Peanuts and Traffic all had run outs in the under 21's 0-0 draw at Man Utd, they have not travelled with the squad to face Young Boys.

Also Bainsey, Aiden, Hibbo and Sylvain haven't made the trip.

I think Roberto will have the three holders in the middle of the park, with Mirallas and Naisy supporting the big fella up front.

That means Ross will be ready to strike from the bench.

Roberto said: "Aiden McGeady is still recovering from the bruised bone in his knee and couldn't make the trip," he explained. "I don't think he will make the game on Sunday either.

"Leighton Baines has made huge progress and I would be very surprised if he is not fully fit for Sunday.

"Leon Osman and Steven Pienaarplayed on Tuesday night with the Under-21s and reacted really well. Tony Hibbert is still unavailable for a couple more weeks."

"Arouna Kone has also missed the trip as a precaution but as is the way with absentees, the window of opportunity had opened for someone else - and in this case that is Under-21s striker Courtney Duffus, who has travelled with the squad.

"We have Courtney joining the squad which is a real positive. In such a busy period, to have the youngsters do really well and be able to be promoted to the first team is something we want to embrace. 

"Everyone else is fit and available but of course Aaron Lennon is ineligible."

Everton Squad: Howard, Robles, Griffiths, Alcaraz, Browning, Duffus, Coleman, Gibson, Jagielka, Stones, Lukaku, Naismith, Oviedo, Mirallas, McCarthy, Garbutt, Barkley, Besic, Barry, Atsu.

Kipper's Starting XI: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Oviedo, Besic, McCarthy, Barry, Naismith, Mirallas, Lukaku. 


Comments about Team News
He is not risking Kone due to the artificial pitch.
Atkins, Kent, 3:45 PM 19/02/2015
Can someone explain how kone is unfit yet again (not travelled as precaution)? He has not kicked a ball for us. We should have sacked him and claimed the insurance. We paid an undisclosed fee believed to be ?5 million. He has played ten games since he joined us, what a joke. Conor McAleny has been on the bench any number of times, scores regularly for the under 21s and is then sent out on loan again. The lad must wonder what he has got to do now Courtney Duffus has joined the squad. Martinez has to sit down and take stock of his decisons with respect to a lot of selections. I AM CONFUSED, NO WONDER THE PLAYERS LOOK CONFUSED ON THE PITCH.
Paul, Liverpool, 11:51 AM 19/02/2015
Drop him Stefan and bring in who ??
pete, city centre, 11:23 AM 19/02/2015
Hasn't Garbutt been MOM or near abouts every game he's played? Why is Oviedo playing? 6/10 performances when Garbutt has delivered 8s....
Dan, Liverpool, 1:13 AM 19/02/2015
If I were Martinez I'd drop Lukaku until he apologises to the supporters for his recent comments and the lazyarse performances they have paid to watch, he's a total disgrace. But he won't, he'll probably tell us how phenomenal he is.
Stefan, Hightown, 9:05 PM 18/02/2015
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