After Wednesday night's win over West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa must be walking on air. Finally, a win at Villa Park - and a win in which they came back to beat their local rivals. It really can't get much better than that. Suddenly, a win at Goodison Park doesn't seem that ridiculous. Particularly after Everton lost 4-0 to Liverpool on Tuesday.
And now Villa have even more good news ahead of Saturday's trip to Merseyside. In today's press conference, Roberto Martinez confirmed that neither Sylvain Distin nor Seamus Coleman will be back to full fitness prior to the Villa match. Gerard Deulofeu is also out with a hamstring injury, while Bryan Oviedo, Arouna Koné and Darron Gibson are long term absentees.
Romelu Lukaku completes the list of Everton's injury-pocalypse. The Belgian was injured in the game at Anfield and while Everton have some good news in that he'll be out for weeks rather than months, there's no way he'll be playing before March.
While it's never nice to wish injury upon opponents, it's still something of a relief to know that the Toffees won't have everyone available on Saturday. Now if only Leighton Baines would have some sort of nightmare that prevents him from sleeping on Friday night, ensuring he has to sit out the match and is unable to take any free kicks.
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