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Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 13:14 GMT
Jeffers suffers new blow
Francis Jeffers
Francis Jeffers' injury jinx strikes again
Everton's injury-plagued striker Francis Jeffers is on the treatment table again - after an accidental training collision with team-mate David Unsworth.

Jeffers was forced to pull out of a training session with an ankle injury and is already a doubt for the visit to Southampton.

Everton boss Walter Smith must now wait to see if the talented England under-21 striker recovers in the wake of this latest setback.

Duncan Ferguson
Ferguson could be back
Jeffers, who has just rejected the highest contract offer in Everton's history, has been troubled by ankle problems this season.

He damaged ligaments in The Worthington Cup tie at Bristol Rovers in September, and then required further surgery two months later.

It would be a major blow for Everton to lose Jeffers, but boss Smith is hoping for better news on his other casualties.

Paul Gascoigne is ready to return after coming on as substitute against Newcastle and Duncan Ferguson is fit again - although Smith may not risk his lack of match fitness.

Niclas Alexandersson
Alexandersson is fit again
Captain Richard Gough is expected to be back after injury and illness, while Sweden international Niclas Alexandersson is also fit after an ankle injury.

Italian defender Alessandro Pistone is also on the comeback trail after figuring in only three first team games before undergoing knee ligament surgery.

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