Pennington put on standby for Wembley

Everton have recalled Matthew Pennington from his loan at Walsall and Roberto Martinez says the defender will make his Wembley squad.

Everton: Pennington put on standby for WembleyEverton: Pennington put on standby for Wembley

The Toffees could be without a number of defenders against Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Seamus Coleman out and Phil Jagielka known to be struggling.

Jagielka’s absence would be a massive blow, and Martinez said: “Medically it’s clear that he shouldn’t be available for the game.

“Knowing Phil Jagielka, he wouldn’t accept no as an answer, and we’re going to give him every opportunity to see if we can get him available. I just feel it’s too big of an ask for him and Seamus Coleman but we’ll assess him.

“Clearly the one we need to assess closely is John Stones, who has got a better opportunity.”

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