Pair to be named in squad for Swansea tripBryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone's long roads back from injury look set to end this week after Roberto Martinez indicated that the pair will be included in the squad to face Swansea City in the League Cup tomorrow evening.
Oviedo broke his leg in the FA Cup tie at Stevenage in January and though his initial recovery was surprisingly rapid, he was forced to slow the pace is his rehabilitation in May and missed his ambitious target of being fit for the World Cup in Brazil.
With about two hours of action in friendly and U21 matches under his belt this month, the 23 year-old is now ready for first-team action and hopes to be involved in some form at the Liberty Stadium.
Kone is at a similar point in his recovery and will be similarly keen to put a nightmare year behind him. With just a handful of senior appearances under his belt since joining last summer, he has yet to score his first Everton goal.
Everton will be hoping to put the disappointment of Sunday's home defeat to Crystal Palace behind them by negotiating what is a tricky all-Premier League third round tie.
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1 Posted 22/09/2014 at 21:44:07
2 Posted 22/09/2014 at 21:40:43
3 Posted 22/09/2014 at 22:19:28
Looking forward to seeing them both in action again come tomorrow, although doubt either will start.
4 Posted 22/09/2014 at 22:27:25
5 Posted 22/09/2014 at 23:41:03
Re Bolasie Robert. He pushed for a move from Bristol to Palace because he wanted to live in London.
6 Posted 22/09/2014 at 23:57:43
I canÂt wait to have Oviedo back and playing left wing. What a boss player he was proving to be.
7 Posted 23/09/2014 at 00:02:21
Howard, Coleman, Jags, Distin, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Gibson, Naismith, Mirallas, Lukaku in a 4,3,2,1 formation. I feel if we keep it tight we can pinch both games on the break.
8 Posted 23/09/2014 at 06:28:56
Of course I could be wrong and hope to be. However, a contributing member of our team and "second striker" that cost us so much and is on 40k a week (I’m speculating) could potentially have been the difference between 4th and 5th. Just saying.
10 Posted 23/09/2014 at 07:37:44
11 Posted 23/09/2014 at 08:11:02
Losing becomes a bad habit.
Regardless of where people view the League Cup there is no getting away from the fact that we need a positive result tonight.
Play a changed but not necessarily weakened team is my advice.
Start with a midfield of McGeady, Besic, Gibson, Atsu and play Naismith behind either Eto'o or Kone(if fit)
Bring on Lukaku if needed later on.
At the back give Hibbert the start with Distin partnering Stones and one of Garbutt or Oviedo left back, again depending on fitness or if he wants to be really brave, Leighton Baines.
What's up with Pienaar by the way??
12 Posted 23/09/2014 at 08:32:26
13 Posted 23/09/2014 at 08:47:09
our defence stiffening,it's obviously over the hill in parts. A seconds slowness in moments of intense action can be fatal, so lets hope Brian has'nt lost his speed and anticipation. Koney is still an unknown factor in our terms.We'll all wait and see. Swansea have started well and if there is any away match that is going to be tough it is this one.We'll need to treat them with more respect than we've shown others lately.
14 Posted 23/09/2014 at 09:05:51
15 Posted 23/09/2014 at 09:49:06
16 Posted 23/09/2014 at 09:55:52
17 Posted 23/09/2014 at 10:05:35
18 Posted 23/09/2014 at 10:39:59
19 Posted 23/09/2014 at 11:11:35
We are Everton not Real Madrid, we can't afford to pick and choose which competitions we would like to win mate.
What's the point in throwing it tonight just to lose at Anfield anyway on Saturday?
This fucking team needs to start producing the goods, we have spent money and a whole summer bigging up our so-called "international performers" so let's see some action.
We froze when we had that one chance as favourites to get 4th in Arpril and the chances are we won't even get a sniff of it this season so games like tonight and the Europa League for that matter should NOT be brushed under the carpet.
Whoever gets selected tonight should be under firm pressure to perform.
20 Posted 23/09/2014 at 11:14:55
21 Posted 23/09/2014 at 11:27:18
Shows you what he thinks of this Cup.
If he does that, we can surely make six or seven changes (Make Osman, Stones & Howard play as punishment) and still have a decent chance of getting through.
Need them all fresh for the game on Saturday, especially as Sturridge will most probably make his return against us.
It's a competition that we have never won, one more year won't make that much of a difference
22 Posted 23/09/2014 at 11:45:12
23 Posted 23/09/2014 at 12:07:46
That's up to Swansea and Gary Monk.
If I was a Swansea fan I'd be pretty pissed off because I will bet when they won that Cup last year it was the best day most of them had ever witnessed.
I am only interested in Everton winning games and trying to win some bloody long overdue silverware.
Ok everyone would prefer the FA Cup but this League Cup competition is more do-able.
We need to get wins and start making some sense of this ridiculous defensive frailty.
I don't see how losing tonight and shipping more goals will help in the long run.
24 Posted 23/09/2014 at 12:11:06
25 Posted 23/09/2014 at 12:21:00
So in this respect, after Sundays debacle,I rhink it is important we take tonights game seriously and go for it, The good news that Oviedo is fit again and could figure as a sub is a bonus, Kone is another story, having seen him several times playing for Wigan, I still canÂt see why we bought him.
Like many I canÂt see us getting anything from our next two league games unless there is a massive upturn in morale so a good result tonight IS vital for that reason alone.
26 Posted 23/09/2014 at 12:57:28
27 Posted 23/09/2014 at 13:06:59
I'm not panicking just yet but my arse is developing a curious twitch, the EL should be nothing more than a side show as it's a joke of a competition we have no hope of winning.
He should go for broke in the PL and domestic comps if you ask me.
28 Posted 23/09/2014 at 13:31:16
29 Posted 23/09/2014 at 13:47:41
Why do you say we have no chance of winning the EL? I don't see any teams in this competition that we could not beat with our best side, playing to their true form. If Fulham can nearly win it, surely we can?
And this year, there is a CL spot up for grabs. In my view that is by far our most realistic chance of achieving that particular holy grail, far more chance than coming 4th this year.
The League Cup, however, should be for squad players otherwise what is the point of having them? That would even go for the FA Cup, to an extent, if we are still in the EL at that point.
30 Posted 23/09/2014 at 13:48:51
Bayern Munich was probably the best game I ever saw Everton win, but for a fifteen year old boy, Rotterdam was and still is my favourite ever night as An Evertonian.
Everton Football Club, have not won a trophy for 20 years and people want us to play our reserves tonight.
I want my kids to see Everton win a cup, not come fifth or sixth in The Premier League!
31 Posted 23/09/2014 at 14:25:04
There is the small matter of CL teams dropping in when they don't qualify. Lets be real here shall we,
we will play a lot better teams than Palace if we get out of the group and that's no certainty.
The amount of games we have to play will take it's toll and we don't have the squad to cope end of, i'm being a realist here and he will have to prioritise one or the other, the EL is NOT! priority over the PL and never should be IMO.
32 Posted 23/09/2014 at 14:26:07
What on earth has Stones done to deserve being treated in the same way as an inept goalie who cost us the game and the geezer who made the other great mistake of the weekend and was quite frankly utterly awful in the 2nd half and should have been subbed around Â60?
So, what has Stones done to line up in your Âunholy trinityÂ? Being moved out of position by the gaffer in one of his increasingly incomprehensible decisions as the game dragged on?
33 Posted 23/09/2014 at 14:44:45
I think most of us would settle for one season finishing mid-table in the PL, getting knocked out early on in the FA cup and league Cup if we went on and won the EL and thus qualified for the Champions league, plus the huge bonus of our first trophy in ages.
Trouble is, if all the above happen and we get beaten in just say a semi final of the Europa League, the season will be viewed as a disappointing one.
34 Posted 23/09/2014 at 15:56:55
The Capital One cup is, as we all know, a Mickey Mouse thing... so the team selections will usually be made up of benchwarmers etc. Ergo, the results of these games really mean nothing in the grand scheme of things and the bigger clubs (Everton?) donÂt get serious until the semi-finals if they are still around.
Having said that, it is an opportunity for the managers to bring in players who have been injured and also blood some youngsters for the experience. It is, as we all agree, more important to have an injury free squad to pick from for the Premier League game ahead.
Still, I would like to see them win and progress rather than limp out Â– as so often has happened in this competition.
35 Posted 23/09/2014 at 16:02:14
36 Posted 23/09/2014 at 14:58:45
Anyway, there are favourites who need to be replaced and these cup games may unearth a hidden gem. We'll see. Surely Howard is not our future.
37 Posted 23/09/2014 at 16:12:02
He was trying to be clever and hold off a player instead of clearing the ball, hence fuckwit Howard having to come across and do his fuckwit impression and give away a penalty.
Stones did exactly the same just before half time, where again he was brushed aside easily and the player got the ball.
38 Posted 23/09/2014 at 16:09:03
39 Posted 23/09/2014 at 16:48:35
Stones was waiting for Howard to collect the ball. Syandard procedure in the defender's handbook.
It also looked like Howard shouted for the ball but was just late getting there.
IMO most referees wouldnt have given a pen for that as Howrd collected the ball and the CP player went over him but Michael Oliver has never been a good referee withus.
40 Posted 23/09/2014 at 16:50:34
Let Howard play to try to regain some confidence, as for the rest - as someone above has said - give those on the fringe a chance to get match fit.
41 Posted 23/09/2014 at 17:06:33
I don't care if Howard called, Stones knew where the Palace player was and wasn't strong enough to hold him off so should have put his laces through it and made sure.
That to me is basic defending.
42 Posted 23/09/2014 at 17:14:29
43 Posted 23/09/2014 at 17:09:51
We'll get the third placed teams from the groups and even that is not certain as we might avoid them in R32.
I don't think that will include anyone massively better than for example Wolfsburg, and we beat them handily.
Granted there will be a fair few better than Palace but if we play like that, not only will we not get out the EL group, we'll also be in the Championship next year.
Priority number 1 is to stay in the Premiership. I think top 4 is out the question now. I would much much sooner win the EL and come 16th than get nowhere in the EL, but finish 6th or 7th.
In other words I think the EL is important enough to ensure it is part of balanced priorities. Not because the EL is important in itself but because the real prize of CL is.
The other two competitions are for the squad players, certainly till the later stages.
44 Posted 23/09/2014 at 17:22:39
EL gives us that and CL qualiification all in the same sentence.
45 Posted 23/09/2014 at 18:01:36
We could well end up with Arsenal, Benfica, Liverpool, Athletico to name but a few.
I honestly feel that people who think we have a genuine chance of winning it are deluded but trust me, if we do I will eat more humble pie than anyone on here and will enjoy every single mouthful.
46 Posted 23/09/2014 at 18:07:45
As a poster above said, who knows what to expect tonight?
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