Seamus Coleman is expected to return from injury to play for Everton against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Killybegs native missed the Goodison Park club’s last three encounters - an FA Cup tie at Stevenage and Premier League fixtures against Liverpool and Aston Villa - after being replaced at West Bromwich Albion due to the minor hamstring injury.
Coleman was an unused substitute in Everton’s 2-1 win over Villa on Saturday and manager Roberto Martinez believes the 25-year-old should be able to play at White Hart Lane on Sunday in a vital Premier League match.
Everton, who are currently fifth in the table, are one point and one place above Spurs. Martinez is also expecting Gerard Deulofeu to return.
A hamstring problem also saw on-loan forward Deulofeu return to parent club Barcelona in mid-December for treatment but he’s back on Merseyside now.
“They are very important players and we have had good news on them. I would say Seamus is probably in the right category to play,” Martinez told the Everton’s official website.
“Gerard is back from Spain, is training and is really excited and enthusiastic about getting back. Obviously we will have to assess him to see how quickly we can get him match fit.
“From a medical point of view, he is fit and that’s really positive and we have to make sure we give him the right doses of work. We’re really excited at having those two back.”