Everton’s Cahill a doubt to face Sunderland

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EVERTON dangerman Tim Cahill is a major doubt for Sunderland’s game against the Merseysiders this weekend.

The Australian midfielder (left) – who has starred in games against Sunderland over the years – was forced off after 70 minutes of the Toffeemen’s FA Cup win over Chelsea on Saturday with an ankle problem.

And now Cahill, Everton’s leading scorer this season with nine goals, is struggling to be fit in time for Sunderland’s visit to Goodison Park this Saturday.

Striker Louis Saha, though, is expected to return to first-team action after injury.

Everton are three points off the bottom three but no one is seeing them as serious relegation candidates, especially with a long series of winnable games coming up and the club on a high after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup.

“It’s breathed new life into the club,” admitted club captain Phil Neville. “The fans were beginning to lose faith and there was a lot of negativity.

“The financial reports came out and that added to the negativity, so Chelsea was probably make or break for us.”