Everton manager David Moyes have revealed that both Kevin Mirallas and Tony Hibbert will miss out when his side travels to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke in the Barclay’s Premier League on Saturday.
Mirallas’ injury is a recurrence of the hamstring problem which ruled him out of the four matches leading up to the game against Spurs and the Everton manager stated that he is likely to be out for a few week..
Speaking to on the Everton website, Moyes said
“It looks as though we’ll lose Kevin for a few weeks and that’s a really big blow. Anyone who has watched our games will tell you what he is like.
“His hamstring just isn’t right so it looks like we are going to have to take more time over it. It will probably keep him out for a while.
“We originally thought it would be a mild hamstring injury and we gave it extra time and I was actually expecting him to be available for the midweek Arsenal game.
“I didn’t then use him in the Manchester City game in the hope that he would be right for the Tottenham.
“We gave it extra days to get him right but we will now need to take even more time, unfortunately.
“He will be a big miss for us because he gives us a different attacking dimension from what we have got.”
Tony Hibbert, who has only featured five times this season for Everton is struggling with a calf problem and Moyes added that the defender could require surgery to correct the problem.
“Tony has got a reccurrence of his calf injury so we think he is going to have an operation at the start of next week which will keep him out for a while as well.
“We’ve got a few niggles and knocks like everybody else, the odd one or two here, but I think it’s going to be like that around this time of year. You can pick up an injury in training nowadays and the players are right in the middle of the cold weather in training.”