Roberto Martinez: Everton will have Lennon and McCarthy fit

Romelu Lukaku scoring for Everton in the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park last season
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park last season

Everton boss Roberto Martinez predicts "plenty of goals" in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Spaniard believes the fixture will live up to its billing as "one of the most special games in world football".

He said: "The last one was a phenomenal football game with plenty of goals, both teams with an attacking mindset. I expect the same on Saturday."

Everton and Liverpool were involved in a 3-3 draw in their last meeting at Goodison Park in November 2013.

Here's the best of Martinez's news conference:

On James McCarthy

The midfielder is set to be in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since December.

Martinez said: "He was in hospital yesterday having a scan to make sure he is fully recovered. The scans have shown that he is perfectly healed and now it is about adapting him to the match intensity. I expect James to be in the squad for the weekend so it is terrific news in that respect.

On Tim Howard

The American goalkeeper has not played since picking up a calf injury in the Toffees' 1-0 home defeat against Stoke on 26 December.

Martinez added: "Tim is back in training. He feels strong and ready but the medical advice is to give him another week to make sure he is fully healed.

"We won't take any risks. But it is incredible how quickly he has recovered and how well he has done in training."

On Aaron Lennon

The winger could make his Everton debut after joining on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.

"Aaron is very focused, ready to train and perform," said Martinez. "When you sign a player in January it is very difficult to find someone who is up to speed with his fitness but he is.

"He's an incredible player, he is fully fit, and ready to make an impact and be involved at the weekend - that is very rare with a January signing."

Aaron Lennon
Hull, Stoke and QPR were also after Lennon on transfer deadline day

On THAT Lennon picture

Lennon attracted a lot of attention after tweeting an image of himself appearing to look glum in an Everton shirt just after he signed.

Martinez said: "I think everyone in the dressing room you see has as a little bit of a spring in their step and he is a player that has put a big smile on the faces of everyone even if we couldn't manage to get a smile in his picture! Something I blame the photographer for."

On Hillsborough tribute

Everton are to unveil a plaque commemorating the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster, ahead of Saturday's match.

Martinez said: "There has always been a real strong bond between the two teams over that tragedy and it is going to be a really important moment."

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