Martinez waits on injured pair

6 May

Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman have an outside chance of being fit for Everton’s trip to Premier League champions Leicester City.

Everton: Martinez waits on injured pairEverton: Martinez waits on injured pair

The duo are battling to shake off respective groin and hamstring issues ahead of the Saturday evening clash and it seems they are more likely to return against Sunderland on Wednesday.

Captain Phil Jagielka could make the final game of the season at home to Norwich as he is making progress from his hamstring injury, but the Foxes clash comes too soon.

Ramiro Funes Mori serves the final match of his three-game ban while winger Gerard Deulofeu’s campaign has been ended by a knee injury.

There will be a party atmosphere at the King Power Stadium for the game as Leicester will collect the Premier League trophy following an historic season.

However Martinez is looking for his side to be party-poopers and build on last week’s 2-1 home win against Bournemouth.

He told his pre-match press conference: “We know we are facing a team in the best moment of confidence that you could find.

“For me, they are deserved winners of a competitive league. We will congratulate them but, from that point, focus on performing against them.

“We’re facing the champions and when you become a champion of this league, you feel nine feet tall. They play with a lot of intensity and tempo and you donÂ’t know if [having the title won] will affect their style.

“I expect a historic environment – they’ve won the league for the first time in their history and it’s going to be a well-celebrated achievement.

“But we’re going there with a clear idea; to get three points and perform as well as we can.”


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