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Everton sweating as four go injured

Everton could be without FOUR key players for the Goodison Park clash against the Irons this weekend.

The Toffees could be without Gareth Barry, James McCarthy, Leighton Baines and Darron Gibson with then first two hurting hamstrings against Sunderland and Baines and Gibson sustaining  injury scares while on international duty.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez said: “Gareth has got incredible experience and he knows his body really well. When you have to be stretchered off in a football game you know it is something seriously wrong.

“James was desperate to be involved with his national team but he couldn’t make it. We will try to get him fit for West Ham but it is a bit too early to tell. He hasn’t been able to train with the team and that is a worry on a Tuesday leading up to a Saturday game.

“It’s James’ second injury of this nature in the last month and that’s a bit of a worry. We need to give him perfect treatment and make sure he is fully fit.

“When you see Leighton Baines pull out of a training session you know that something is wrong but at the moment he is responding well to treatment. Again, it is too early to say how long he is going to be out but we remain very positive.

“Darron Gibson played against Scotland and got a bit of soreness in his knee. He had a year-long lay-off with his ligaments, so we need to be cautious.

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