Everton left-back Leighton Baines is edging closer to a return to training but he will not be available for Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace.
Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is training again after a groin problem, which has sidelined him since September, while defender Ramiro Funes Mori completed 45 minutes for the under-23s as he continues his comeback from knee surgery.
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is out for a month with a knee injury ahead of the trip to Everton.
Goalkeeper Julian Speroni (knee) and defender Martin Kelly (hamstring) are also missing, joining Bakary Sako, Jeffrey Schlupp, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham on a lengthy injury list.
January signing Alexander Sorloth starts for Palace.
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mangala, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Subs: Schneiderlin, Williams, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Robles, Kenny.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Ward, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Cabaye, Milivojevic, McArthur, Sorloth, Benteke.
Subs: Lee, Souare, Delaney, Wan Bissaka, Henry, Rakip, Riedewald.
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It hasn’t been the best of games so far, with both sides struggling to carve out too many chances on goal. Everton have arguably looked the better of the two teams, however, with Walcott impressing whenever he’s able to get into space out wide. At the other end, Sorloth has made a nuisance of himself on his debut, while Benteke grew into the first period as it wore on. Both sides will have to do more inside the final third if they’re to find a way in front after the break, though.
HALF-TIME: EVERTON 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
45+2 minsminute by minute
Everton push forward down the right wing and win themselves one final free-kick before the half-time break. They’re unable to make it count, however, as the referee blows his whistle as soon as the ball is blasted towards the box.
45 minsminute by minute
Williams does indeed come on to take the place of Mangala, who gingerly makes way.
45+1 minsminute by minute
Benteke almost opens the scoring! Sorloth, who has done well so far, twists and turns over on the left-hand side of the hosts’ box before chipping a cross into the heart of the penalty area. It perfectly picks out Benteke, who sends a downward header past Pickford and narrowly wide of the far post.
44 minsminute by minute
Mangala has gone down off the ball once again, and it looks as if the defender is going to have to make way. He hasn’t been moving particularly well since initially hitting the deck, and he’s set to be replaced by Williams.
45 minsminute by minute
The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
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42 minsminute by minute
Mangala is able to get back to his feet and the game gets underway once again. Palace immediately push forward and try to bring Benteke into the game on the edge of the Everton penalty area, but Keane beats the striker to the ball and clears the danger without too much trouble.
40 minsminute by minute
Mangala threw his body towards the ball as he tried to beat Tomkins to it, and it’s left him in a heap on the floor and in serious discomfort. It looks as if he received a blow to the back of the knee from Hennessey, resulting in the defender landing awkwardly.
39 minsminute by minute
Everton immediately cause problems at the other end with a corner of their own. It’s swung over to the far post by Sigurdsson and finds Niasse, who goes close to teeing up a team-mate with his deft cross but loses out to Tomkins on the edge of the six-yard box.
38 minsminute by minute
Benteke has the ball in the back of the net, but it won’t count! Cabaye brings down a bouncing ball and quickly shoots, forcing Pickford into tipping his bouncing strike round the near post and behind for a corner. The cross is only cleared as far as Tomkins, who chips the ball into the middle of the box and back towards Pickford. The goalkeeper gets a hand on the ball but can’t hold onto it, allowing Benteke to bundle it over the line. The linesman’s flag is immediately raised, however, denying Palace the lead.
36 minsminute by minute
Almost an excellent chance for Walcott to open the scoring! The former Arsenal man makes an intelligent run into the box as he tries to latch onto a low cross fired in by Sigurdsson. It looks as if he’s going to be able to, but he seems to lose sight of the ball at the vital moment and can’t quite sort his feet out in time.
35 minsminute by minute
Mangala pushes deep into the Palace half of the pitch as Everton try to carve out another chance on goal, but the defender’s pass up towards Davies is a poor one and completely misses the midfielder on the edge of the penalty area. It’s been a strange first half for the Frenchman.
33 minsminute by minute
A clever pass from Coleman rolls down the right flank and picks out Walcott on the byline. The winger fires a low cross towards the near post that finds its way back to Davies, who shoots but can’t guide his strike past the onrushing Fosu-Mensah.
31 minsminute by minute
Sorloth tries to bully his way through the middle of a sea of blue, but he’s barged from behind and has to settle for a free-kick instead. It’s fired into the penalty area and heads towards Benteke, who tries his hardest to latch onto the ball but can’t quite manage to do so ahead of Pickford.
29 minsminute by minute
Walcott causes problems once again as he cuts inside and heads towards the edge of the Palace box, where he’s clumsily fouled by Fosu-Mensah and wins his side a free-kick in a very dangerous position. Rooney steps up and shoots, but his curling effort hits the wall and loops behind for another corner.
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27 minsminute by minute
What a save by Hennessey! Sigurdsson’s cross in from the corner is poor, but Palace can only clear the ball as far as Gueye. The midfielder immediately unleashes a rocket of a shot that looks set to find the back of the net, but Hennessey is there to parry the ball away with an excellent diving stop.
26 minsminute by minute
Walcott, who has arguably been Everton’s standout performer so far, cuts inside from the left wing and fires a bouncing cross over to the far post. It looks set to pick out Sigurdsson in front of goal, but Ward dives down low to nod the ball behind for a corner.
25 minsminute by minute
A great pass from Gueye flies over the Palace defence and over to Walcott, who does well to latch onto the ball on the byline. He quickly blasts it towards the near post, where Hennessey comfortably collects the cross-cum-shot and stops it from bouncing out of play.
23 minsminute by minute
Benteke drifts out to the right wing and picks up the ball in a promising position. He then tries to find Sorloth with a lofted pass that’s blasted into the penalty area, but it’s slightly overhit and can only reach the hands of Pickford.
21 minsminute by minute
More slightly sloppy play from Everton results in a corner for Palace over on the right wing, which is greeted with groans from the home fans. Townsend’s cross into the penalty area is a decent one, but he can’t quite pick out Sorloth and Everton are able to deal with the danger.
19 minsminute by minute
A poor pass from Keane can only find the feet of Sorloth and looks as if it’s going to allow the big Norwegian to break into the box, but Keane atones for his error with a decent tackle at the vital moment.
17 minsminute by minute
Great chance for Niasse! A lovely pass from Sigurdsson flies over the top of the Palace back line and towards Niasse. The Senegalese runs onto the ball and takes on Hennessey, but he’s put off by the onrushing goalkeeper and can’t quite hit the target after lifting the ball over the Welshman.
15 minsminute by minute
A deflected pass from Davies bounces out to Gueye, who is immediately clattered into from behind by McArthur and wins Everton a free-kick in a promising position. It’s Sigurdsson who steps up and shoots, but Tomkins gets his head on the ball to knock it behind for a corner.
13 minsminute by minute
Mangala, who has struggled defensively already, sends a great pass over to the right flank and towards Walcott. The winger quickly tries to tee up Niasse in front of goal, but he can’t quite find the striker and Palace are able to hold on.
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11 minsminute by minute
And now Milivojevic goes close! Sorloth muscles his way into the right-hand side of the hosts’ box before sending a deflected cross over to Benteke. The Belgian knocks the ball back to Milivojevic and sets up the midfielder to shoot, and his thumping effort ends up being deflected just wide of the near post.
9 minsminute by minute
Thumping strike by Sigurdsson! The midfielder picks up the ball midway inside the Palace half of the pitch and immediately unleashes a rocket of a shot. It’s well hit and causes a few problems for Hennessey, who dives down to his right and is luckily able to watch the ball bounce a few yards wide of the far post.