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Everton Centre-Back Duo to Miss Barnsley Friendly

John Stones EvertonEverton will be without centre-half pairing Pihl Jagielka and John Stones for Saturday’s friendly with Barnsley.

Blues boss Ronald Koeman broke the news to the club’s official site ahead of the contest at Oakwell.

Both defenders are believed to be nursing injuries, and will sit out the first friendly match of Everton’s 2016/17 pre-season schedule.

The Dutchman will, however, be able to hand 45 minutes to action to his returning international stars.

Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady, Ramiro Funes Mori and Shani Tarashaj are all set to play their part after returning from international duty throughout the summer.

Of the seven returnees, Koeman said: “We have the players back from the Euros and they will play 45 minutes and that is good because they need to work.

“It is always tough against English teams, we need those kind of friendlies to prepare for the Premier League season.

“For them to play a Premier League team is a nice challenge for them to look forward to. It’s not always the result that is the most important thing  – what you like to see is the team improving technically and physically.”

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.

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