Team news: Everton v Aston Villa

Darren Bent may again drop to the bench after a less-than-inspiring performance against Newcastle in midweek. Photo: PA

Midfielder Darron Gibson could make his return to the Everton starting line-up in tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Goodison Park.

Gibson was back in action as a substitute in the 2-1 win over West Brom on Wednesday after a thigh problem, which had kept him out since the end of December.

It remains to be seen whether or not striker Nikica Jelavic will be restored to the first XI having been dropped to the bench for the Baggies match and it is not expected that teenager John Stones, recruited from Barnsley on transfer deadline day, will be involved, while fellow defenders Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Tony Hibbert (calf) remain sidelined.

Provisional squad: Howard, Jagielka, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Neville, Anichebe, Vellios, Gibson, Mirallas, Duffy.

Aston Villa newcomers Yacouba Sylla and Simon Dawkins have been included in the squad for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

Midfielder Sylla was signed from French Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot while winger Dawkins has joined on loan from Tottenham.

Manager Paul Lambert will check on the fitness of midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle) but hopes of a return for defender Richard Dunne have been dashed by a recurrence of his groin problem.

Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Marshall, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Baker, Bennett, Delph, Sylla, Ireland, Westwood, Dawkins, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers.