International Break Has Boosted Kinnear's Team Selection!

Last updated : 14 October 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Kinnear's efforts to steady the ship have been hampered injuries as well as suspensions for Danny Guthrie and Joey Barton.

Guthrie was back at Goodison Park and Barton will be available for the derby trip to Sunderland on October 25.

With Habib Beye, Jonas Gutierrez, Ignacio Gonzalez and Andy Carroll all on the comeback trail, things are starting to look a little brighter.

Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins and Alan Smith are still long term, but Martins insists he will be ready for the bench when the Mags take on the Mackems.

Eight of Kinnear's players joined up with their respective countries during the current international break, and obviously he hopes they all return in the same condition they left.

Kinnear: "I think that this international break has also highlighted what amazing strength this squad has.

"There have been eight players away on international duty - and it could have been more if the likes of Jonas Gutierrez and Habib Beye weren't injured."