There was bad news about Leighton Baines last night.
Everton’s left-back has suffered an injury setback and will now miss the remainder of the busy festive period.
The good news is that Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are closing in on returns.
“We’ve had a bit of a setback with Leighton Baines ,” said Allardyce. “He was on the (training) field but has felt his calf again.”
“James will play in an 11 v 11 game on Wednesday. Ross Barkley is joining in training so hopefully he’s not too bad.
“However, Seamus Coleman is still a way off. That’s one we would like to get back.
“(Ramiro) Funes Mori is still way, way off, into March apparently.
“It’s tough at the moment. Hopefully when they do get fit they’ll stay fit and bring a bit more to the attacking side of our play.”