FA Cup team news: Pienaar cup-tied, Bendtner fit for Sunderland
Published 10:49 16/03/12 By MirrorFootball
Everton playmaker Steven Pienaar is cup-tied for tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final against Sunderland at Goodison Park.
Central midfielder Darron Gibson is also unlikely to return to action from a knee injury.
Manager David Moyes is expected to rotate his squad after making six changes for the midweek defeat at Liverpool - which included first starts in two months for defender Phil Jagielka and midfielder Jack Rodwell - but today reported "a couple of niggling injuries" to unnamed players.
Provisional squad: Howard, Mucha, Neville, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Heitinga, Duffy, Baines, Cahill, Drenthe, Rodwell, Fellaini, Coleman, Osman, Barkley, Gueye, Jelavic, Stracqualursi, Anichebe, Vellios.
Striker Nicklas Bendtner is expected to be fit for Sunderland's FA Cup quarter-final trip to Everton tomorrow.
The Denmark international left the field on a stretcher with a knee problem during the closing stages of last weekend's 1-0 Barclays Premier League win over Liverpool, but has made a rapid recovery.
However, full-back Kieran Richardson is losing his battle to recover from a calf problem in time and Wayne Bridge could continue.
Suspended pair Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon and injured duo Wes Brown (knee) and Titus Bramble (Achilles/calf) remain on the sidelines.
Provisional squad: Mignolet, Gordon, Bardsley, Bridge, O'Shea, Turner, Kilgallon, Kyrgiakos, Lynch, Gardner, Larsson, Elmohamady, McClean, Vaughan, Meyler, Colback, Bendtner, Wickham, Ji, Campbell.