Everton v Stoke preview

Everton manager David Moyes will make a late decision on Mikel

Arteta’s availability. Midfielder Arteta, who missed last week’s

1-1 draw at Tottenham with a slight hamstring strain, will undergo

a fitness test tomorrow. Moyes concedes the game comes “too soon”

for Jack Rodwell who is closing in on a return after two months out

with an ankle injury, meaning he remains on the sidelines alongside

Leon Osman (ankle), Marouane Fellaini (hamstring), Ross Barkley

(broken leg) and Victor Anichebe (knee). Tony Pulis hopes Kenwyne

Jones and Jermaine Pennant will have recovered from a virus in time

to face the Toffees. Winger Pennant and striker Jones both played

in the midweek Carling Cup tie at West Ham despite suffering from

flu-like symptoms and were given yesterday off in a bid to speed

their recovery. Striker Mamady Sidibe is Stoke’s only long-term

absentee, although Matt Etherington, Danny Collins and Ricardo

Fuller missed the Upton Park match. Etherington and Collins are

certain to return, while Fuller will be given every chance to prove

his fitness. Everton (from): Howard, Neville, Distin, Heitinga,

Baines, Hibbert, Cahill, Arteta, Beckford, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye,

Coleman, Yakubu, Mustafi, Silva, Baxter, Wallace, Mucha, Pienaar,

Saha. Stoke (from): Sorensen, Huth, Faye, Shawcross, Delap,

Collins, Etherington, Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Walters, Fuller,

Jones, Gudjohnsen, Wilkinson, Higginbotham, Begovic, Diao, Tuncay.