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Romelu Lukaku is fit, Samuel Eto'o is a gift from gods, says Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez hails Everton's patience and composure in their 3-1 defeat of Burnley.

Everton manager Robert Martinez is confident Romelu Lukaku will be able to face Swansea even though he limped off with a toe injury during last Sunday's 3-1 Premier League win at Burnley.

Lukaku, who scored in the victory, has been troubled by the injury all season but has managed to play through it so far. Martinez expects his striker will be passed fit again for Saturday's clash at Goodison Park.

Martinez said: "He's OK. He had a really painful knock, and in the moment that he scored, he had a...

By ESPN Staff
2 hours ago

Fantasy Focus: All about the defenders

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson highlights a position that is often overlooked and in doing so chooses his top picks for defenders this week.

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7 hours ago

Leighton Baines' astounding offensive exploits have been overlooked

Roberto Martinez hails Everton's patience and composure in their 3-1 defeat of Burnley.

When it comes to streaks in football, very few tend to be overlooked nowadays, be it from a team or individual's perspective.

The two that perhaps stand out in the Premier League right now involve goal-scoring exploits. West Ham's Diafra Sakho has scored in each of his six league starts this season while Aston Villa, as a collective, have failed to score in five. Elsewhere in Europe, see Cristiano Ronaldo, who now scores in every game that he plays.

It's goal-scoring, or a lack thereof in the...

 By Mike Whalley
7 hours ago

Everton's Roberto Martinez defends referees over Garry Monk criticism

Swansea City manager Garry Monk highlights the questionable refereeing decisions his team has faced in the past week.

Roberto Martinez has defended the Premier League's referees in the wake of a verbal attack by Swansea boss Garry Monk.

The Everton manager described Mike Riley -- head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, which manages professional referees in England -- as a "real professional."

Monk will meet Riley on Friday -- a day before the Swans visit Goodison Park -- to discuss what he feels are a series of poor decisions against his side.

The Swansea boss escaped an FA charge for describing a...

 By Mike Whalley
8 hours ago

Everton's Roberto Martinez rules out signings to cover John Stones injury

Roberto Martinez hails Everton's patience and composure in their 3-1 defeat of Burnley.

LIVERPOOL -- Everton boss Roberto Martinez has ruled out a January move for defensive reinforcements despite a long-term injury to John Stones.

The England international is likely to be out until the New Year after being carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury during the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester United on Oct. 5.

But even without the 20-year-old, Martinez feels he has enough depth in the central defensive positions to see him through.

Asked if he might try to buy a centre-back...