Everton have been boosted by the news that Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert are both recovering well from recent injuries.
Cahill damaged a calf against Stoke at the weekend and was forced off at half-time.
But he has responded well to treatment and is now in line to feature against Portsmouth on Saturday.
Hibbert has been sidelined for a number of weeks with a thigh problem and although he will not be back this weekend, he is now looking at making a return - possibly for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United in April.
"It's settled down a lot quicker than was first thought. I'm not going to push it yet, and we've got a game in mind for my return," said Hibbert.
"It's just a waiting game now. I'm running which is good, and the injury has settled down an awful lot.
"I'm concentrating on working hard and building up the muscle more so in future I don't have the same problems again, although I haven't started kicking a ball yet.
"I hate watching matches when I'm injured. It's frustrating, and it's even worse because of the run we were having.
"I hate watching but it was just one of those situations you have to put up with, if you're a footballer you'll get injuries.
"And as far as the semi-final is concerned, that would be a massive game at Wembley and what an occasion to play in."