Everton to make do without Howard

Everton FC's United States goalkeeper Tim Howard could miss both legs of the UEFA Cup first-round tie against FC Metalist Kharkiv with a finger injury.

Everton FC goalkeeper Tim Howard could miss both legs of the UEFA Cup first-round tie against FC Metalist Kharkiv with a finger injury, beginning with Thursday's game at Goodison Park.

'A few weeks'
Howard dislocated a finger playing for the United States against Brazil on 9 September and had to sit out the Premier League team's home defeat by Manchester United FC last Saturday. With Everton captain Phil Neville saying that Howard, 28, is likely to be out "for a few weeks", former FC Bayern München keeper Stefan Wessels is expected to deputise in both matches against the Ukrainian club.

Vote of confidence
The 28-year-old Wessels, who joined Everton last month on a free transfer from 1. FC Köln, made his debut for the Merseysiders against United. Neville said: "I think he showed we don't have to worry about him being an understudy for Tim Howard, because Tim could be missing for a few weeks now."

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