Everton's Sylvain Distin faces a late fitness test (©GettyImages)
Everton's Sylvain Distin faces a late fitness test (©GettyImages).

Everton vs Manchester City: Predicted XIs

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Ahead of Saturday's crunch game against Manchester City, Roberto Martinez has called for the loan rules in place across Europe to take notice of the Champions League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.

In that game, Thibaut Courtois, the young Belgian 'keeper on loan at Atletico from Chelsea was allowed to play, and made fine saves against his parent club to help the Madrid side reach the final.

Martinez believes that loan regulations in the Premier League should be changed so that this is possible; he is unable to select Gareth Barry this weekend, who, having signed on loan from Manchester City in the summer, has nailed down a regular starting spot in the Toffees' midfield.

"Domestic rules should be the same as the European laws," said the Spaniard, "and in my eyes when you reach an agreement for a player to go - whether a loan or permanent transfer - he should be allowed to play."

"It is a decision you make in a window and I don't see it as a healthy way to treat a loan player in not letting him play against his parent club."

Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka both face fitness tests ahead of the game on Saturday night, after last week's makeshift centre-back pairing of John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz suffered at the hands of Southampton, with the latter scoring an early own-goal to gift the St. Mary's outfit a 2-0 victory.

Steven Pienaar and Arouna Kone, who have both been ruled out for a long time, are close to full fitness, although will not be ready to feature on Saturday.

David Silva could make a timely return for Manchester City after training on his own at the club's Carrington training ground yesterday, although his role could be limited to a substitute appearance.

Yaya Toure will also play having been injured recently, but Jesus Navas is still injured.

Possible XIs:

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines; McCarthy; Barkley, Osman, Deulofeu, Naismith; Lukaku.

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Kolarov; Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Silva; Dzeko, Aguero

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