Everton have confirmed on their official website that they are without five first-team players for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea at Goodison Park, while The Daily Mail claim Morgan Schneiderlin is a doubt for the game.
The Toffees have an excellent home record of late and Ronald Koeman’s men still have ambitions of a top-six Premier League finish this season.
Everton welcome an in-form division leader to Merseyside and know that a positive result could blow the title race wide open again.
The club have confirmed that Seamus Coleman, Muhamed Besic, Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy remain sidelined for the Blues’ visit.
However, Enner Valencia will return to contention after being ineligible to feature in last weekend’s 0-0 draw against his parent club West Ham United.
Most worryingly, The Daily Mail claim that Schneiderlin has picked up a thigh injury during first-team training and is touch and go in whether he can feature on Sunday.
The France international has been in excellent form since joining Everton from Manchester United in January and it would be a major blow if he was unavailable.