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Everton v Aston Villa preview

Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be forced into a change up front for the Premier League visit of Aston Villa on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out for several weeks and fellow on-loan striker Lacina Traore is at least 10 days away from being fit.

Steven Naismith or Kevin Mirallas are the two likely options vying for the centre-forward role.

Defenders Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin, and forward Gerard Deulofeu (all hamstring) will not be ready to return for another week.

Paul Lambert will assess striker Gabriel Agbonlahor's fitness ahead of Villa's trip to Goodison Park.

The England international missed Wednesday's local derby win over West Brom with an injury to the sole of his foot suffered against Liverpool recently, but may have a chance of returning.

Lambert will run the rule over the rest of his squad on Friday following their intense battle with the Baggies in midweek.