Everton face fitness doubts
Everton boss David Moyes is set to give late fitness tests to several first-team players before their match against Metalist Kharkiv.
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 19/09/07 4:53pm
Everton boss David Moyes is set to give late fitness tests to several first-team players before their Uefa Cup match against Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday.
Andrew Johnson, Mikel Arteta, Tim Howard, Thomas Gravesen and Steven Pienaar will all be assessed to see if they are fit enough for the clash at Goodison Park.
Stefan Wessels, who stepped in for Howard against Manchester United following his finger injury, is, however, likely to start against the Ukrainian side.
Meanwhile, Toffees midfielder Tim Cahill is going to wear specially-designed boots as he continues his comeback from injury and looks to overcome his metatarsal problems.
"I have met with the physios and they are talking about the asset I can be to the club in years to come, not just the next five minutes," he told Everton TV.
"I don't want to put my body at risk when it is such an innocuous thing that happened - to jump and land.
"But I really need to think about this.
"People think 'what has he done to try and correct things?'
"Well I have had new boots made, I have tried different orthotics (foot supports).
"I have kept my weight down and tried to build more muscle and I have been doing different things with the physios and nutritionists as well to make myself stronger for when I get back."