Capital One Cup: Double injury blow for Toffees

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Everton are likely to be without Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with Manchester City after the duo suffered injuries in Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea.

The Toffees will take a narrow 2-1 advantage into the match at the Etihad Stadium, as they bid to reach their first League Cup final since 1984.

The Merseyside club are likely to face the Citizens without Besic and Mirallas, who picked up respective hamstring and knee injuries during the league defeat to the Swans.

Boss Roberto Martinez said: “I don’t expect them to be fit for Wednesday and I expect a bit of a period where they will be unavailable. It is a real shame because both players gave us a really refreshing look and reached good levels at this stage of the season.”

The Blues are currently on a run of five matches in 13 days across three competitions, with further games to come against Carlisle in the FA Cup and Newcastle and Stoke in the Premier League.

One man who is expected to be fit for the upcoming run of matches is captain Phil Jagielka, who was rested for Sunday’s defeat after only recently returning from a two-month injury lay-off.

Martinez added: “Phil Jagielka has been out for a long, long time and then he came back last week and played three games in seven days.

“Medically, it was the right thing to give him a bit of recovery time and make sure we used the squad. The squad is ready to cope with players missing and, clearly, Jagielka will be refreshed for what is ahead.”

Everton are available a 6.50 to defeat Manchester City on Wednesday, whilst the hosts are 1.50 and the draw is 4.75.

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