Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that Aaron Lennon will have some part to play against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The 28-year-old winger has yet to feature for the Toffees this season after completing a permanent transfer from Tottenham, having made 14 appearances last season, but his lack of game time is no concern to the Spanish gaffer.
“I’m not worried about his physical state and he needs to play games now to sharpen up his play,” Martinez told the club’s official website. “He’s refreshed and is in a great position.
“He knows the football club inside out and is desperate to get back to Goodison. From that point of view, I expect Aaron to be involved one way or another at the weekend.
“The big advantage Aaron has is that he knows the league and he knows the competition. He needs match fitness but he is fresh and has been working very well throughout pre-season as well.”
The Toffees have only secured one win this season, along with two draws and a defeat, but the former Spurs wideman is confident that the team can do better than last season’s 11th-place finish.
“If you look at the quality the manager has brought in, the squad is getting so much stronger and I just can’t wait to help the team now,” he said. “It’s exciting for me.
“Towards the end of last season, we got on a good run and this team’s definitely got the quality to be challenging up at the top end of the table. There is quality throughout and, without the Europa League this year as well, the lads have shown how good they are.”