Baines faces race against time

19 January 2017 10:39:54 EST

Everton left-back Leighton Baines is struggling with a rib injury but Ronald Koeman is optimistic that he will be able to play against Crystal Palace.

Koeman hopes that he will be able to name the same side that thrashed Manchester City 4-0 last weekend with goalkeeper Joel Robles set to keep his place in the team even though Maarten Stekelenburg has recovered from his leg injury.

"Leighton is struggling a little bit with his rib but normally he would be available for the weekend," Koeman said. "Otherwise we are the same as last week. The long-term injuries are to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mo Besic and Yannick Bolasie.

"Stekelenburg is fully fit, I don't [want to] say anything about this because last week Maarten Stekelenburg was still not 100 per cent fit to start the game. Yes, he is now 100 per cent but that's a decision we need to make."

Koeman has also said that Gerard Deulofeu can leave Goodison Park this month while Phil Jagielka is also being linked with a move.

AC Milan have had a bid to sign Deulofeu on loan for the remainder of the season rejected by Koeman while Jagielka is wanted by Sunderland, who are managed by the former Everton boss David Moyes.

Everton can be backed at 1/1 to beat Palace 2-1 while they are available at 1/1 to keep a clean sheet at Selhurst Park.

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