Date: 12th April 2019 at 9:58pm
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Everton have confirmed that Michael Keane is fit and available to face Fulham on Saturday. Keane missed the Toffees’ 1-0 win against Arsenal on Sunday due to illness, but he could be in line to start against the Cottagers. The 26-year-old has been a regular at the heart of the Everton defence this season, making 29 Premier League appearances, and has been in fine form of late.

The England international has contributed three goals, made 162 clearances, blocked 18 shots, won 163 aerial duels (62%), averaging 48 passes-per-game with 80% accuracy and averaging a tackle (36) or interception (42) every 33 minutes. Keane has helped Everton keep 10 clean sheets, and the Merseysiders will fancy their chances of getting another on Saturday.

Everton travel to Craven Cottage to face an already-relegated Fulham side and could go seventh in the Premier League with a win. Marco Silva’s men are currently ninth in the table with 46 points from 33 games and could leapfrog Wolverhampton Wanderers in eighth and Leicester City in seventh if results go their way over the weekend.

Phil Jagielka put in a sterling performance in place of Keane against Arsenal, scoring the winning goal at Goodison Park, but he could be the one to make way for his younger counterpart at Craven Cottage.

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