Everton injury worries ease

Everton's short-term injury problems appear to be over with only on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku still sidelined.

Last Updated: 07/02/14 at 11:59 Post Comment   

Lukaku: Could return within a fortnight

Lukaku: Could return within a fortnight

Everton's short-term injury problems appear to be over with only on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku still sidelined, and even he is expected to be fit within a fortnight.

Forward Gerard Deulofeu will travel with the squad for Sunday's match at Tottenham after being out with a hamstring problem since mid-December while new loan signing Lacina Traore also has a chance of being included for the first time.

Full-back Seamus Coleman, an unused substitute in last weekend's win over Aston Villa after injury, is set to return to the starting line-up.

Lukaku, who was ruled out for weeks rather than months after being carried off with an ankle injury in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on January 28, is set to return to full fitness within a fortnight.

However, with that timescale taking him up to the game against parent club Chelsea is seems more likely March 1 at home to West Ham will mark his playing comeback.

There was even positive news on long-term casualties Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone who are both ahead of schedule in rehabilitation from knee operations.

"Seamus Coleman has come through training ever so well, Antolin (Alacaraz) is going to be out of the weekend but there is nothing to be worried about - we're just trying to get him back to full fitness," said manager Roberto Martinez.

"Romelu Lukaku will be out for this weekend and probably the week after but I don't expect him to be any longer as he has been recovering really well.

"Everyone else is fully fit and available apart from the three long-term absentees of Bryan Oviedo (broken leg), Arouna and Darron.

"Darron is progressing really well and I feel he will be back before the season ends, which is a real bonus.

"Maybe it is a bit too early to give a clear date when he will be back but I expect him to be playing again in May, which is credit to his hard work and the way he is recovering.

"Arouna is similar and I expect him to be involved again before the season end, which is an incredible credit to the medical department.

"Ross Barkley has had a bit of pain (having played two games after a broken toe) but it is normal so I expect him to be fully fit and available for Sunday."

The 6ft 8in striker Traore is yet to feature in a match-day squad following his arrival from Monaco late last month but is on the verge of a return from a hamstring injury.

"Lacina is progressing really well, I just need to assess whether it is wise to give him playing time," added Martinez.

"He is fully fit from a medical point of view it is just a matter of giving him the right playing time over the next two or three weeks because the last thing we want is for Lacina to push himself and get stretched trying to achieve the tempo of the Premier League.

"He has been a breath of fresh air on the training pitch, he has a hungry approach to everything he does and so we are excited to see him fully fit."


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Transfer News: Leeds striker Ross McCormack waiting on contract talks

Leeds United striker Ross McCormack is waiting to see if new owner Massimo Cellino will offer him a new contract.

Premier League: No Manchester City hangover, insists Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City will keep fighting for the Premier League title, despite their week to forget.

Sherwood keen to keep Eriksen

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood hopes the club can keep hold of Christian Eriksen in the summer.

Mail Box

'Tactically Inept And Lacking In Belief And Style'

It's fair to say that the 'Moyes Out' brigade is understandably out in force, whilst there are also staunch defences of Mourinho and Arteta. Plus, Liverpool fans can almost taste it.

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property