Everton could have Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman available for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham at Goodison Park.
Toffees boss David Moyes says forward Mirallas, who has missed four games due to a hamstring injury, and full-back Coleman have outside chances of featuring against Spurs.
Victor Anichebe (hamstring) and Phil Neville (knee) remain on the casualty list.
Moyes admits his irritation at some of the draws his team have been held to recently - but has stressed there is still plenty of the season to go as they continue their top-four push.
The Toffees made a flying start to the campaign with four wins and just one defeat in their opening six Barclays Premier League fixtures, prompting plenty of talk about their chances of claiming a top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League.
They have only lost one more game in the nine that have followed, but their progress has stuttered due to seven of the matches ending in draws.
Asked if he curses some of the draws, Moyes said: ``I do, but it is the start of the season.
``It is still quite early - we are not into Christmas time and a lot will change over the next month or two.
``So you don't need to be right up there right away, even though I'd like to be.
``But yes, I do curse one or two of those results we have picked up.''
Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has only a slim chance of recovering from his hamstring injury in time.
Winger Gareth Bale is out with hamstring problem while Hugo Lloris is expected to replace Brad Friedel in goal after the American started the Europa League win over Panathinaikos.
Midfielder Scott Parker (Achilles) and left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) are a week away from full fitness and defender Younes Kaboul (knee) is also unavailable.
Spurs could move ahead of Chelsea into third if they maintain their good form at Goodison.
Having played alongside him for Belgium, Jan Vertonghen knows how difficult it will be to shackle Everton dangerman Marouane Fellaini, but he is still confident that Tottenham can return from Merseyside with a win.
``Fellaini is one of the big players in the Premier League,'' Vertonghen said.
``He does amazing. He's a very difficult player to play against. He is strong in the air and with his feet.
``He is their most important player and it will be difficult to play him.
``But the way we have played the last three games in the Premier League, we can beat anyone and that is what we will be going for.''