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Everton v Swansea: Match Preview

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Everton boss David Moyes could be without Leighton Baines for the visit of Swansea after the England international aggravated an ankle problem in the FA Cup.

Moyes will definitely be without Darron Gibson and Tony Hibbert - the pair are set to miss out due to long-term injuries. But the Toffees may be able to welcome back Kevin Mirallas after the Belgian international resumed training following a hamstring complaint - the former-Olympiacos star has missed the last six matches.

Swansea, who beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, travel to Goodison Park in good spirits. Kemy Agustien and Nathan Dyer are pushing for starts after they were rested in mid-week, while Leon Britton could drop to the bench.

The Swans only confirmed absentee is Neil Taylor, who broke his ankle in September.

Everton were also in action earlier this week - Moyes's side progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comprehensive 5-1 victory at Cheltenham.

And the Toffees boss will be hoping for a repeat performance on Saturday. Everton took Swansea apart in the reverse fixture earlier this season, running out 3-0 victors.

Just two defeats since then has put Everton in contention for a Champions League qualification place, and they come into this match in good form - four wins from the last six league games for the Merseyside club.

'I feel like I'm 21'

The visit of Swansea marks ten years to the day since Leon Osman's Everton debut and the Wigan-born midfielder insists he still feels like he did when he broke into the team aged 21.

The skilful midfielder was rewarded for his excellent early season form with an England cap last year, and the 31-year-old Everton academy graduate hopes to play on as 'long as he can' at the top level.

Speaking to Evertonfc.com, Osman said: "I feel like I'm 21. I feel young and good and hopefully I'm going to continue to feel like that and continue to play in the first team.

"I'm delighted to have achieved 10 years. It's something that you want to do - you grow up wanting to play for Everton. Not only have I done that now, I've done it for a decade. I'm thrilled."

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