Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Defensive Problems Are Mounting for Everton Chief

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Defensive Problems Are Mounting for Everton Chief

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EVERTON will be without right-back Seamus Coleman and have more defensive worries for today's FA Cup semi-final against United.

Centre-backs Phil Jagielka and John Stones also face late fitness tests, along with defensive midfielder Gareth Barry.

It is the last thing Everton boss Roberto Martinez needs after his side's embarrassing 4-0 drubbing by Liverpool in midweek.

But despite the former Wigan boss facing increased pressure over his future, he says he has faced more difficult times as a manager.

"Here of course we are carrying hurt but we're facing the opportunity of achieving something," he said. "It's the third time in 20 years that we're going to be in the semi-finals the FA Cup.

"I'm a positive person by nature and I can see this is an opportunity rather than something to lose. …

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