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Moyes will still face the press

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Fri, 10 May 2013 11:48:00

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is hopeful that Mousa Dembele will be fit to face Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

The Belgium international midfielder is rated as '80 per cent' certain to feature against the Potters but Spurs are expected to once again be without key defender Younes Kaboul.

William Gallas is also unlikely to be fit in time with a calf problem, while Brazilian midfielder Sandro has already been ruled out for the season.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis could restore Glenn Whelan to the midfielder, although the Republic of Ireland has been struggling for match fitness in recent weeks.

Marc Wilson is also doubtful after going off at half-time at Sunderland with a hamstring problem.

Andy Wilkinson is struggling with a back complaint but Stoke have no problems in attack where Pulis will choose between the likes of Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones, Cameron Jerome and Michael Owen.

The Scot agreed a six-year deal to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford on Thursday, after news that the 71-year-old United boss will retire at the end of the season.

Everton had prepared for the eventuality of Moyes leaving, with his contract due to expire in the summer, but were taken aback by the speed of events over the last 48 hours.

However, they are determined not to allow the issue to overshadow their final two matches of the season and this press conference is to preview Saturday's visit of West Ham.

In announcing details of their weekly press conference Everton said: "Please note Mr Moyes will not be answering any questions on the subject of Manchester United or his appointment as the club's new manager."

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