Everton manager Roberto Martinez expects to have defender John Stones back available for Saturday’s clash with Manchester United.
Stones has missed the Toffees’ last two fixtures with a knee injury which also kept him out of England duty.
However Martinez says that the 21-year-old could return at the weekend, where a win could see Everton climb as high as second.
“I think he should be ready. Remember that John has been having a lot of quality work at Finch Farm and it will be a matter of just getting that match fitness.” the Spaniard told the club’s official website.
“We have still got three very important days ahead of that fixture in terms of preparation so we’ll get a better idea on Friday of where John is.
“I would say medically he is ready now. He’s been joining the group and from a medical point of view I don’t think there is a concern or worry.”
Seamus Coleman is also set to return for the hosts after playing his first match in a month when he appeared for the Republic of Ireland against Poland.
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