Moyes facing double selection headache

September 28, 2007

Everton boss David Moyes has been dealt a selection headache ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Middlesbrough after Wednesday's Carling Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday came at a price.

Tony Hibbert suffered a groin strain and Nuno Valente a foot injury, prompting Moyes to withdraw them both before the end of the match and putting their weekend participation in doubt.

Moyes told the club's official website: 'The substitution for Tony was forced on two accounts because I was concerned with his booking and he's also got a groin strain so that made my mind up at half-time.

'It is good we got our first clean sheet of the season and you've got to say that Alan Stubbs and Nuno Valente came in and played their part - albeit Nuno got quite a bad injury to his foot.'

Meanwhile midfielder Phil Jagielka has hailed his side's revitalised strike-force of James McFadden and Ayegbeni Yakubu and is convinced their form will soon shoot Everton up the Premier League table.

Jagielka told the Liverpool Daily Post: 'Faddy is unpredictable and to put it nicely, is a real pain in the backside when you are trying to mark him because you never know what he is going to do next.

'It has been hard for Yak because he has come straight in and not had a pre-season with us to settle down. But he scored on his debut and got another one against Wednesday.

'We go into the Middlesbrough game knowing we have scored a couple of goals and kept a clean sheet. Sunday is a massive game and we need to get back to winning ways in the Premier League now.'