Date: 28th December 2016 at 2:25pm
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By Dominic Toner

Ronald Koeman has revealed that Everton pair Maarten Stekelenburg and James McCarthy will miss the club’s next game against Hull.

The Toffees travel to bottom of the league on Friday and will be looking to follow up a 2-0 victory at Leicester.

Goalkeeper Stekelenburg missed the Leicester match with a dead leg and Joel Robles is set to keep his place against Hull.

Midfielder McCarthy has been out of action with a hamstring injury and will not be available against Hull, despite returning to light training.

Everton manager Koeman has revealed that the two key players will miss the next game.

“Stekelenburg has not yet joined training and won’t be available,” Koeman said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “I was really pleased by the performance of Joel against Leicester.

“He (McCarthy) is starting training out of the group, but it will take maybe 10 more days until he’s fit to come back for the team.”

Stekelenburg has emerged as an important player in the squad since his arrival in the summer at Goodison Park.

The 34-year-old has established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper and will now have to battle his Joel for the starting position, who kept an impressive clean sheet against Leicester.

McCarthy has been unfortunate with injuries this season and has made just eight appearances this season so far, but is an important player of Koeman’s squad.

The Republic of Ireland international add great energy to the side and is a hard tackling central midfielder.

In other Everton team news, the club’s 23-year-old is expected to return to the starting XI against Hull.