Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is unlikely to return in the Barclays Premier League clash against Blackpool.
The 19-year-old has made a quicker-than-expected recovery from an ankle injury and was an unused substitute against Stoke last week but is still not fully fit despite a reserves run-out.
He could again be given a place on the bench but manager David Moyes all but ruled out a start.
Leon Osman faces a further six weeks out after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle while Marouane Fellaini (hamstring) and Ross Barkley (broken leg) are still out.
Striker Victor Anichebe (knee) is stepping up his comeback and returns to full training on Friday after playing 20 minutes in the reserves in midweek.