Martinez confirms who Everton's goalkeeper will be against Young Boys

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Everton will start with Tim Howard in goal in the Europa League on Thursday night, Roberto Martinez has confirmed.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed at his press conference today that Tim Howard will start against Young Boys on Thursday night.

With the Toffees carrying a 4-1 lead into the second-leg there are suspicions that Martinez may rest some of his key players to ensure that they are fully fit for their Premier League match against Arsenal at the weekend.

However, Martinez insists that he will not be dropping Howard to the bench, with the Spaniard feeling that he needs game-time to recover sharpness.

"Tim needs to play and get his match fitness," he said. "It's not an issue. You need experience on European nights."

Howard has monopolised the Everton number one shirt ever since he arrived at Goodison Park, but this season he has been put under pressure.

Joel Robles filled in admirably for the American midway through the campaign, after Howard picked up an injury, and many are disappointed that the experienced stopper has been brought back in.

Howard has looked particularly error-prone this term, with his age seemingly catching up with him, and there is a feeling that Joel should be considered first-choice now.

It seems that Martinez does not subscribe to that way of thinking, though, and Howard will be looking to prove his manager right by getting back to his best form as soon as possible.

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