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No worries for Barry

Midfielder Gareth Barry looks set to be available for Everton's Barclays Premier League home clash with Swansea on Saturday having suffered no major damage from a tackle by Cardiff's Kevin Theophile-Catherine at the weekend.

We've been very fortunate.

It was a strong knock but he was caught in a position that has allowed him to recover quickly.

It was painful and he has got stud marks but it didn't affect any joints.

The ankle and the knee are in perfect condition so luckily enough on this occasion Gareth is fine and today he will train as normal.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Distin unsure over Europa League

Everton defender Sylvain Distin admits Europa League football has its drawbacks but the players would relish the chance to play in the competition.

It's mixed feelings because you can't say no to playing in Europe. As a player it's impossible to not want that.

But it's completely different from the Champions League in terms of finances for the club. It's a lot of travel and you need a big squad.

"Yes, it would be amazing for the club and for the fans to be travelling back in Europe again but for the team, if we're not going to have a much bigger squad next season, it could be tough.

When you play every Thursday and come back on the Friday before playing again on the Sunday it is hard.

– Everton defender Sylvain Distin speaking to the Liverpool Echo
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