Everton's Europa League campaign moves to Lille with a second-successive away fixture in the competition following the draw at Krasnodar earlier in the month. Top scorer Steven Naismith and midfielder Leon Osman are rested while Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo have not been deemed fit enough to be included but Sylvain Distin is among the 21-man squad making the trip to Northern France.
Roberto Martinez says that Sylvain Distin is an important player in the Everton setup but he needs to fight for his place in the first team. The Frenchman hasn't played since the disappointing League Cup defeat at Swansea last month and Antolin Alcaraz was preferred as John Stones' replacement for Saturday's win over Aston Villa.
Everton won at Goodison Park for the first time in the Premier League this season as they convincingly put Aston Villa to the sword. The match was notable for the welcome return of Ross Barkley, who laid on the second goal for Romelu Lukaku, while Seamus Coleman marked his own return from injury with the Blues' third. Earlier, Phil Jagielka had headed home the opening goal from Leighton Baines's cross, his third goal in four games for club and country.
A group of Evertonians in Lille for tomorrow's Europa League match were apparently set upon by locals this evening and then experienced what observers described as a heavy-handed and indiscriminate police response to the incident.
Trust Everton will hold a meeting on Saturday 15th November at the Casa on Hope Street as a follow-up to the forum about Supporters’ Trusts held at Goodison Park by the Everton Shareholders Association in August.
Roberto Martinez admits that Ross Barkley was an unlikely starter for yesterday's win over Aston Villa a week ago but that the 20 year-old showed him he was ready with the way he trained over the last few days.