Everton look to continue their improving form this weekend and take another step back towards re-joining the chase for a place in the top four as Swansea City come to Goodison Park. Romelu Lukaku suffered a recurrence of his toe problem in the win over Burnley but is expected to play and, with no new injury concerns, Roberto Martinez will have the same squad available for selection as last weekend.
Everton have announced record profits of over £28m and reduced the club's debt by more than £17m according to the club’s annual report for 2013-14. Turnover increased by 39%, thanks largely to the new TV rights deals to £120.5m while operating profit before player trading increased from £0.7m to £23m.
Roberto Martinez says that he is not planning to dip into the January transfer market to sign central defensive cover for John Stones, insisting that he has sufficient depth in that position. Stones is expected to return from an ankle injury in the New Year regardless but centre half is not an area in which the Blues' manager expects to supplement when the window opens.
Darron Gibson, who is still in the process of trying to regain his best form after a year out following knee surgery, apparently jarred his knee in training this week but Roberto Martinez does not believe the Irishman has suffered any significant injury.