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Posted on 26 February 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp will monitor the fitness of strikers Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch as he prepares the squad for Everton on Sunday.

Team news

Harry Redknapp will monitor the fitness of strikers Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch as he prepares the squad for Everton on Sunday.

‘JD' left the action at half-time in Wednesday night's FA Cup replay win against Bolton with a tight hamstring while ‘Crouchy' was unavailable for that game because of a foot injury.

"We're not sure on those two at the moment," reported Harry on Friday. "We've got training today and Saturday morning and we'll wait to see how they are then."

David Bentley also departed Wednesday's action early but the midfielder is available for Sunday. "He had a tight groin but he came off only as a precaution," explained Harry. "He will be okay."

Ledley King (thigh), Jermaine Jenas (groin) and Aaron Lennon (groin) remain sidelined. "Aaron has been to see another specialist and we're hoping with rest and strengthening he'll be back as soon as we can get him fit," said Harry.

Vedran Corluka missed Bolton through illness and Wilson Palacios came off in the second half after feeling the effects of a virus. Vedran trained on Friday and it is hoped both will be in the frame for Everton on Sunday.

On the virus, Harry said: "It hasn't disrupted us, we are still training as normal."