Everton v Norwich; Goodison Park; Barclays Premier League; Saturday 17 December 2011, 15:00


Team News

Everton could be boosted by the return of Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman and Royston Drenthe, who are all pushing for a recall to David Moyes' starting line-up.

On-loan Drenthe was suffering with a foot problem, while Rodwell and Osman had hamstring injuries.

Meanwhile, Norwich boss Paul Lambert has no new injury worries, with on-loan Manchester United defender Ritchie de Laet expected to return to training next week.

Former Toffees striker James Vaughan has been denied the opportunity to feature at Goodison Park against his old club as he is out of action until the New Year with a knee injury.


Barkley sticking with Toffees



Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has penned his first long-term contract at Goodison Park after signing a deal that will keep him at the club until 2016.

The 18-year-old is a product of the Toffees esteemed youth academy, and has successfully broken through to David Moyes' first-team after recovering from a career-threatening cruciate ligament injury at the start of last season.

With seven appearances to his name this campaign, Barkley revealed earlier this week that he is happy to put his trust in Moyes regarding his future after acknowledging a sense of frustration at not playing more often.

Having secured the youngster's future by committing Barkley to a four-and-a-half year deal, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright expressed his delight.

"We are pleased but obviously not at all surprised that Ross has agreed his first long-term contract with the club," he told Everton's official website.

"Ross has recently talked of his commitment to Everton and his growth under the very special guidance of David Moyes, his staff and indeed our senior players.

"That combination of expertise can only be of benefit to any young footballer."

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