Roberto Martinez offers Everton injury update, explains winger omission and comments on Naismith and Lukaku futures

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Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of his side's clash with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that both Kevin Mirallas and Aaron Lennon were rested for the 4-3 defeat to Stoke City on Monday. 

The Toffees boss told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, that Tom Cleverley is likely to miss Sunday's clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park through a calf problem while James McCarthy has suffered a recurrence of an injury that kept him sidelined earlier on in the season. 

However, captain Phil Jagielka is nearing his return from injury but this Sunday's game with Tottenham is likely to be too early for his return, but could return for the FA Cup third round tie against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Inevitably with the January transfer window about to open, Martinez was asked about the future of a couple of individuals, and said that interest in Steven Naismith from Norwich City was an 'open secret' after reports in the Times emerged of an £8 million offer from the Canaries this week.

Martinez said: "Like anything, as a footballer, the windows present a situation where you want to think about what’s next. It’s exactly the same as a football club and squad. We need to make sure our players can get themselves back in the team."

Given the form of Romelu Lukaku - who is now the joint top scorer in the Premier League with 15 goals - there has been speculation surrounding his future and that he may move on to a club challenging for more honours. Despite his goals, the Toffees find themselves in 11th place at the halfway stage of the season, and are ruing missed opportunities. 

"I'm sure everyone would want a player like him in their side but we're concentrated on moving forward with him in our team."

Martinez also suggested that Lukaku's countryman Kevin Mirallas will not be leaving this winter despite a lack of regular game time in the first half of the season. 

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