Everton have received a fitness boost with England centre-back John Stones returning to training following injury.
The centre-back has missed the Toffees last two games, as well as the recent England Euro 2016 qualifiers.
The youngster now looks set to return to action against Manchester United on Saturday at Goodison Park. Everton boss Roberto Martinez confirmed the youngsters return to training by telling the clubs official website: “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.
“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.”
Stones was the subject of a number of rejected bids by ailing Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer, but has responded to Everton’s refusal to sell him by producing some top performances for the side from Merseyside this season.
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