Roberto Martinez says he will not turn to the January transfer market to bring in central-defensive reinforcements, suggesting instead that he will promote some of his up-and-coming youth players like Tyias Browning or veteran defender Tony Hibbert to fill in if need be while Antolin Alcaraz and John Stones are out injured until the New Year.
Leon Osman marked his 400th Everton appearance with the knockout blow in a testy encounter at Goodison Park as the Blues extended their unbeaten run to seven matches. Romelu Lukaku had rammed in the opener with 25 minutes gone after Ross Barkley's shot was blocked but substitute Mauro Zarate equalised via a heavy deflection 10 minutes after half time. A fractious affair could have gone either way until Samuel Eto'o finished a quick counter with a perfect centre that Osman slid home.
Everton's medical staff will assess the fitness of seven of Roberto Martinez's squad ahead of Saturday's home fixture against West Ham United as a series of knocks and soft-tissue injuries threaten to deprive the manager of a number of first-team players. Gareth Bareth is rated as highly doubtful while Leighton Baines and James McCarthy will undergo late tests on minor hamstring strains.
Everton's Academy begin their participation in the new U21s Premier League International Cup tournament tonight when they take on Celtic at Goodison Park in the first of three group games. Kick-off: 7pm.