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Everton hoping Pienaar available for Merseyside derby

Everton could be boosted by the return of midfielder Steven Pienaar from injury in Sunday's Merseyside derby. The South Africa international has not featured since the end of September when he suffered a knee problem in the 1-0 victory away to Portsmouth and was carried off at Fratton Park.

Moyes told the Liverpool Echo: "Steven is the only one who is near coming back. He will hopefully train this week and we'll take it from there."

Everton travel to the KC Stadium to tackle Hull City in midweek and the Scot has called on his side to get back to winning ways prior to their derby date after a limp display at Old Trafford.

He admitted: "It's important we pick ourselves up.

"I've been here (Old Trafford) many times and lost with Everton but there's been a lot of games where I've thought we played really well and were unfortunate not to come away with something.

"But not on Saturday."

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