Everton will await further examination of Kevin Mirallas' apparent hamstring injury before providing an estimate for how long he will be sidelined. Manager Roberto Martinez admits that "the signs aren't great" given that the club's medical staff were unable to determine the full extent of the problem with initial scans yesterday.
A moment of brilliance from captain Phil Jagielka salvaged a point for Everton as his 25-yard shot cancelled out Steven Gerrard's earlier free kick in stoppage time. The Toffees had been chasing the game in vain since the reds' skipper had curled home a free kick in the 64th minute another defeat was looming when Jagielka latched onto Dejan Lovren's headed clearance and smashed a first-time shot into the top corner.
Roberto Martinez was again forced to publicly pour cold water on speculation linking Ross Barkley with a move away to a higher-placed team following reports that Manchester City are lining up a big-money bid for him next summer. Barkley has resumed light training as he recovers from a knee ligament injury but is still "a few weeks away" according to his manager, who also provided updates on Steven Pienaar and Seamus Coleman.
Roberto Martinez admits that the loss to injury of Kevin Mirallas, a key component in his attacking strategy for Saturday's Merseyside derby, "killed us" and contributed to a disappointing display by Everton going forward.
Roberto Martinez says that the opportunity to change history and end Everton's 15-year wait for a win at Anfield is something to embrace as Everton prepare to face Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season.