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Martinez insists Everton are sticking to Euro formula

By Phil Medlicott

Roberto Martinez feels Everton have done a good job so far this season adapting to the demands placed upon them - and is sure they will continue to do so. The Toffees have a more hectic schedule this term, with participation in the Europa League their first continental campaign since 2009-10.

Certainly on that front, they have fared well - they sit top of Group H having taken five points from their first three games, a 4-1 home victory over Wolfsburg followed by draws away at FK Krasnodar and Lille.

In the league, after a fifth-placed finish, they are ninth.

They have suffered some notable injury setbacks, with the latest the loss of defender Antolin Alcaraz for up to 12 weeks due to a dislocated shoulder sustained in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Swansea.

Martinez said: "I think we have adapted really very well.

"We want to grow into this competition, try to be as good as we can, and clearly the first objective is to try to get through (to the knockout rounds)."

When asked if he thought his squad was strong enough to cope with the injuries coming its way, the Spaniard - who earlier this week rubbished reports linking him with Inter Milan - said: "Yes, and I think we have shown that. I felt once the summer transfer window shut we had a strong enough squad to face the Europa League and domestic competitions."

Alcaraz has joined fellow defender John Stones (ankle) on the sidelines and Martinez is set to bring either veteran Sylvain Distin or youngster Tyias Browning in at centre-back tonight.

Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone (both match fitness) are also unavailable, but Darron Gibson is in contention again after missing the weekend's game due to a knock.

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