Everton loanee anticipates debut against Chelsea

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On loan midfielder Gareth Barry is hoping to make his Everton debut against Chelsea this weekend.

Barry is on a season-long loan from Manchester City in order to replace the departed Marouane Fellaini. 

The 32-year-old made a respectable 41 appearances for City last season but with yet another summer of lavish spending at the Etihad, Barry moved away to increase his playing opportunities. 

City spent over £100million in the transfer window, including the signing of Fernandinho, a player who plays in a similar position to Barry.

The midfielder recently described his delight at joining Roberto Martinez' side and admitted he faced a tough match every time he visited Goodison Park.

The former Aston Villa man has been involved in some superb games against Chelsea in the past and according to,  Barry intend's to play his first game for the Toffee's on Saturday. 

"It's a fantastic first game to potentially be involved in but it's the manager's decision because I have not played loads of minutes at the moment," he said. 

The City man is hoping to find consistent playing time on Merseyside and although his minutes on the pitch have been limited, Barry feels he is fit and ready to play. 

"I feel fit. I haven't missed a day's training and I featured in bits and bobs of the pre-season games. The season's well under-way now and I've not played but I am confident if asked to play I can do a good job," he added. 

Everton kick off their game with Jose Mourinho's side at half past five on Saturday evening.

The Blues beat Everton 2-1 in both meetings between the sides last season, and Martinez will be unable to call on on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku, who cannot feature against his parent club. 

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