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Boxer Tony Bellew asks Everton fans for halftime favour

Boxer Tony Bellew is asking Everton fans to stay in their seats at half time tonight, as filming takes place for an upcoming Hollywood movie.

He will be starring in a Rocky spin-off called Creed, chronicling the career of Apollo Creed's grandson Adonis.

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Defensive duo back for Everton

Everton defenders Antolin Alcaraz and Leighton Baines return from suspension and injury respectively to face Manchester City at Goodison Park.

Leighton Baines is back from injury Credit: PA Images

Midfielder James McCarthy's long-term hamstring complaint continues to be assessed after playing just twice in six weeks and he will miss out again.

Centre-back Sylvain Distin (groin) is added to the already extensive injury list which includes goalkeeper Tim Howard (calf), defender Tony Hibbert and midfielders Leon Osman (foot), Darron Gibson (knee) and Steven Pienaar (knee).

Provisional squad: Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, Barkley, Naismith, Mirallas, Lukaku, Griffiths, Alcaraz, Browing, Garbutt, Oviedo, McGeady, Eto'o, Kone.

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Three year Everton deal for Naismith

Steven Naismith Credit: PA Images

Steven Naismith has signed a three-year extension to his Everton contract, committing him to the club until the summer of 2019.

The 28-year-old Scotland international, who joined the club in 2012, has scored six goals this season. The most recent was in their last match - a 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over QPR.

"I am so happy here. From the moment I signed my first contract here it wasn't long before I saw what a great club it was.

"Over the months and years it has progressed into a fantastic move for myself on and off the park. I am delighted to have agreed an extension which will keep me here for a few more years yet."

– Naismith told evertontv
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