Everton latest: Lukaku wants Chelsea to lose, McCarthy hopes and injury news

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Romelu Lukaku has quickly become a fan favourite with the Everton faithful. The Belgian international cannot make his debut for the club this weekend as The Toffees face off against his parent club Chelsea - and the clauses in his loan agreement stipulate he cannot play against Chelsea.

However when asked whether he wanted Everton to win the game on Twitter he responded ‘ Yes. I have to be honest.’

One player who can make his debut is James McCarthy, but he is not counting on it. The deadline day signing from Wigan Athletic is looking to make an impact at Goodison Park but admits he may have to bide his time to become a first team regular:

"I am looking forward to trying to prove why I am here," he said.

"It is not going to be easy; we have got a lot of competition for places. I am going to give it my best shot and hopefully I can do well.

"There are a lot of big names here. If I need to bide my time, I will bide my time."

Two other players who will not feature are Darron Gibson and Antolin Alcaraz. Gibson is still suffering with a knee problem picked up in pre-season while Alcaraz is still recovering from hernia surgery.

Seamus Coleman has a knock but should be fit.

Gareth Barry however hopes he will feature in the tie, after completing a loan move on deadline day from Manchester City.

And he is raring to get stuck into Chelsea this Saturday evening:

"It's a fantastic first game to potentially be involved in but it's the manager's decision because I have not played loads of minutes at the moment. I feel fit. I haven't missed a day's training and I featured in bits and bobs of the pre-season games.. I am confident if asked to play I can do a good job."

Victor Anichebe has been speaking about his decision to leave the club. The popular but injury prone Nigerian was sold to West Bromwich Albion on deadline day for an undisclosed fee. He feels he needed a change of scenery stating that his move is a ‘leap of faith’ after a very good 2012-13 campaign.

He was also quick to recognise the efforts the club have made throughout his 15 years on Merseyside:

"Everton gave me the life and opportunity I have today, so I am forever grateful for that. Through being injured, the good times and the bad, Everton really helped me grow up and see things in a different aspect. It really is a great club and I want to say thank you to everyone that has supported me throughout my whole time there."

Good luck Victor!

Finally, and Everton have been linked with Japanese international Keisuke Honda this week. The CSKA Moscow midfielder’s contract expires in January. Liverpool, Arsenal and AC Milan are all also interested.


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