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James McCarthy to miss out on visit of West Ham


Everton's James McCarthy

Everton's James McCarthy

Everton's James McCarthy

Midfielder James McCarthy will miss the visit of West Ham in the FA Cup as he has not fully recovered from a hamstring problem.

Centre-back John Stones is likely to start, having missed the last two matches with an ankle injury, in place of the suspended Antolin Alcaraz.

Forward Kevin Mirallas is fit but goalkeeper Tim Howard (calf), defender Tony Hibbert, midfielders Leon Osman (foot), Darron Gibson (knee) and Steven Pienaar (knee) are all unavailable, while Christian Atsu is on African Nations Cup duty with Ghana.

Provisional squad: Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku, McGeady, Griffiths, Distin, Browing, Garbutt, Ovideo, Mirallas, Eto'o, Kone.