Wednesday 22 November 2017

Saha doubtful for replay after crashing ferrari

LOUIS SAHA walked away unscathed after crashing his Ferrari 458 into a fence on Sunday night.

Referring to the striker's past problems with various injuries, his Everton boss David Moyes joked: "Incredibly, he has no injuries from it!"

Despite the lucky escape, Saha is a doubt for Everton's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Reading at Goodison Park tonight due to a niggling hamstring problem, which hindered his return to action against Sunderland last Saturday after two games out.

He will have a fitness test this morning -- as will Marouane Fellaini, Tim Cahill, Jermaine Beckford and Victor Anichebe.

Reading dumped Liverpool out of the competition last season with a 2-1 win at Anfield en route to the last eight and manager Brian McDermott is confident of a repeat performance.

Central to the Royals' chances is Ireland striker Shane Long. The Tipperary-born ace, who scored the winner against Liverpool 12 months ago, has really come into his own this season, scoring 17 goals, including a goal in each round of the FA Cup so far.

Long will be partnered by Noel Hunt in an attacking formation that will also include two genuine wingers in Jobi McAnuff and Jimmy Kebe, but it is at the other end where Reading's preparations have been hit. Goalkeeper Adam Federici is out with a knee injury, while captain and centre-half Ivar Ingimarsson is set to miss out with a groin problem.

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