Everton v Swansea City; Barclays Premier League; Goodison Park; Wednesday December 21; KO: 2000
Everton manager David Moyes may be without Seamus Coleman through a thigh strain, while Jack Rodwell could also miss out with a hamstring injury picked up against Norwich on Saturday.
Swansea boss Brendan Rogers is set to be without winger Nathan Dyer, who has a foot problem.
However, he will be able to recall full-back Angel Rangel after the Spaniard missed the Swans’ last three games with an ankle knock.
Moyes will use Stracqualursi more
Everton manager David Moyes has said he will try to use on-loan striker Denis Stracqualursi more.
The Toffees boss felt the Argentine would require time to settle in to Barclays Premier League football, but is now ready to give him his chance.
Moyes claimed that signing the 24-year-old would be a ‘gamble’ but the man from Argentinian side Tigres has impressed in his limited playing time.
“Denis has come in and there is no one who has worked harder on the training ground to make an impact,” said Moyes.
“He had a spell on Saturday when he did quite well. It was always going to take him a while to settle in because his English isn't great.
“But I had a feeling he might do something for us at this time of year.
“To have someone come from Argentina, we needed them to come and hit the ground running.
Stracqualursi came with a big reputation after finishing top scorer in the Argentinian championship last season.
However, Moyes felt that he could not throw the striker into the deep end straight away.
“He scored 24 goals in the league last season (in Argentina) and that is why we thought it was worth a gamble,” he added.
“But the Premier League is a completely different speed and it is completely new to him.
“It was a chance we took and we are not tied to him but hopefully he will get an opportunity because I want to give him a chance to see where he is up to.
“But results mean everything and it is very difficult for a manager.”
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