Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be trying to get the better of Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce once again in their clash on Sunday.
Everton captain Phil Jagielka has been ruled out for up to two months with a knee injury sustained early in the second half against Arsenal, while Seamus Coleman (stomach bug) is a major doubt for the Toffees.
Leighton Baines and Muhamed Besic are both back in training after long spells on the sidelines.
John O’Shea, Younes Kaboul and Ola Toivonen are all rated 50-50 chances for Sunderland after picking up injuries in the Wear-Tyne derby.
Fabio Borini (ankle) is unlikely to feature.
Kick-off at Goodison Park on Sunday is at 1.30pm.
- Everton have enjoyed just one victory in their last five Premier League games against Sunderland, drawing one and losing three.
- The last five top-tier meetings between these two sides have produced a total of just seven goals (two for Everton, five for Sunderland).
- At Goodison Park, the Toffees have lost their last two Premier League clashes with Sunderland, after going unbeaten in the previous 11 (W9 D2).
- Black Cats’ boss Sam Allardyce has lost each of his last six PL games against Everton (all with West Ham) overall and each of his last five top-tier visits to Goodison Park (with Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham).
- Everton have lost two consecutive PL games; they last lost three in a row back in January 2015.
- Sunderland have enjoyed just one win in their last 13 top-flight games (D5 L7), although that victory did come last time out against rivals Newcastle (3-0).
- The Toffees are the only side in the top division yet to score a goal from a set-piece situation, with all 13 goals so far coming from open-play.
- Yann M’Vila has assisted three goals in his last three games for Sunderland in the Premier League.
- With three goals and three assists this season, Ross Barkley has already equalled his best-ever haul of goal involvements in a single PL campaign (also six in 2013/14).
- Roberto Martinez has won five of his last six Premier League contests with Sam Allardyce (L1), including all four as Everton manager.