Everton v Man City preview

Midfielder James McCarthy’s long-term hamstring complaint continues to be assessed after playing just twice in six weeks and he will miss out again.

Centre-back Sylvain Distin (groin) is added to the already extensive injury list which includes goalkeeper Tim Howard (calf), defender Tony Hibbert and midfielders Leon Osman (foot), Darron Gibson (knee) and Steven Pienaar (knee).

Manchester City have been boosted by the return from injury of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Vincent Kompany.

Top scorer Aguero limped off in tears early on in City’s win over the same opponents a month ago with a knee injury and returns ahead of schedule.

Fellow striker Dzeko (calf) and captain Kompany (calf/hamstring) have also been sidelined for around a month. City will, though, be without key midfielder Yaya Toure as he prepares for the African Nations Cup.