Everton striker Louis Saha is facing a further three weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury.
The France international, the club’s top goalscorer last season, has been out of action since the Toffees’ defeat at Aston Villa four weeks ago.
The club hoped the 32-year-old would be back in action within a month but has not recovered as quickly as expected.
Manager David Moyes said: “He goes to a facility in France to get treatment and looked after and I think it will be two to three weeks before he is available.”
In a further blow for Moyes, forward Victor Anichebe has been forced to undergo surgery to repair a troublesome knee injury.
The 22-year-old has not featured this season due to the problem and has now been told an operation is necessary.
Moyes said: “He had an operation yesterday which will keep him out for six weeks or so.”
Everton have doubts over midfielders Tim Cahill and Leon Osman for tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham.
Cahill is rated 50-50 after two games out with a knee problem while Osman suffered a rib injury in the midweek Carling Cup loss to Brentford.
Full-back Tony Hibbert is also unlikely to feature at Craven Cottage due to a groin strain.
Forwards Louis Saha (calf) and Victor Anichebe (knee) both remain on the sidelines while Jack Rodwell (ankle) is out long term.
Provisional squad: Howard, Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Cahill, Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Arteta, Beckford, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye, Heitinga, Coleman, Yakubu, Barkley, Mustafi, Silva, Baxter, Mucha.