Everton hopeful Kevin Mirallas will be fit to play Fulham


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Everton manager David Moyes is hopeful forward Kevin Mirallas will be fit enough to face Fulham after his ankle injury in the Merseyside derby.

Midfielder Steven Pienaar returns from a one-match suspension and is expected to go straight back into the side, meaning either Mirallas or Steven Naismith would miss out.

Darron Gibson, who has been sidelined by a thigh problem since September 1, is still not ready to return.

Provisional squad: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Gueye, Anichebe, Hitzlsperger, Vellios.