Roberto Martinez provides injury update on three key Everton men

Everton are hoping that Tom Cleverley, Gareth Barry and Aaron Lennon will all be available for the weekend's FA Cup tie.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is hopeful that midfielders Tom Cleverley and Gareth Barry will be fit enough for Saturday evening's crucial FA Cup quarter-final tie against Chelsea at Goodison Park.

Cleverley missed the 3-2 defeat to West Ham United at the weekend entirely, while Barry was only well enough to take a place on the bench.

Martinez has said that Aaron Lennon is also a concern because of a hamstring problem. He played and scored Everton's second against the Hammers before being substituted in the second half.

The Toffees' boss is quoted on the club's website, saying: “We are hoping that Gareth Barry and Tom Cleverley can get enough of a working week to see if they can make the squad for Saturday.

“Aaron is the player that we need to monitor. His hamstring is really tight and he has put enormous effort into the last two games.

“Over the next 48 hours we will find out a bit more about Aaron.

“Apart from those three concerns, everyone is the same.”

It would be a big boost for Everton to have these three players available as they look to bounce back from a defeat which had a familiar feeling to it, as yet again the side let a two-goal lead slip, this time finishing up empty handed. 

Lennon has been in good goalscoring form of late having found the net in four of his last five Premier League games. He also provides that pace and out ball that can get Everton on the front foot, while having Cleverley and Barry available will be welcome as the midfield area is likely to be fiercely contested. 

It's a huge game for Everton as they look to end their wait for a trophy drought, with their latest triumph taking place in the FA Cup in 1995. Given the side's league position this evening, with many feeling they should be performing higher than 12th position, guiding the club to silverware this season could relieve some of the pressure Roberto Martinez may currently find himself under. 

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