Team News: Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman return for Everton

Team News: Barkley, Coleman return for Everton
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Ross Barkley returns to the Everton starting XI for the first time this season as Roberto Martinez makes five changes to his side for the visit of Aston Villa.

Ross Barkley will make his first start of the season for Everton in this afternoon's tie with Aston Villa at Goodison Park.

Seamus Coleman has also returned to the Everton starting XI for the first time in a month after recovering from an injury suffered in last month's 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsburg.

Roberto Martinez has made five changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Manchester United last time around, with Antolin Alcaraz, James McCarthy and Leon Osman also returning to the team.

The visitors have also shuffled their pack, with Christian Benteke starting up front for the first time in the campaign. The Belgian international has replaced Andreas Weimann, who has dropped to the bench.

Fabian Delph is out of action for two months with a shoulder injury, but Ron Vlaar is back in the starting XI alongside Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also returns after missing out against Manchester City.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Alcaraz, Barry, McCarthy, Barkley, Naismith, Osman, Lukaku
Subs: Robles, Hibbert, Gibson, Besic, Pienaar, McGeady, Eto'o

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Vlaar, Baker, Cissokho, N'Zogbia, Cleverley, Westwood, Richardson, Agbonlahor, Benteke
Subs: Given, Clark, Weimann, Cole, Bent, Sanchez, Lowton

Follow Sports Mole's live minute-by-minute text commentary of the game on Merseyside here.

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on August 21, 2013
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