Everton will look to get their Premier League campaign back on track on Saturday, when they make the short trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley, and they will have two big names to be able to call upon.

The Toffees have got a little stuck in recent times. They lost to Manchester City last weekend, an outcome which not many outside of Goodison Park would have expected to be any different, but prior to that defeats against Sheffield United and Bournemouth were more of a concern.

Those three losses on the trot have left Everton in the bottom half of the table, with just seven points from as many matches, and in real need of a positive result to take into the international break with them.

It will not be easy for the Toffees at Turf Moor, where Burnley can be notoriously hard to beat, particularly with the away record of the Merseyside outfit leaving plenty to be desired under Marco Silva.

Everton could be boosted in their quest by the availability of Andre Gomes and Theo Walcott, but they remain without summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

The Toffees boss provided an update on the three men when he addressed the media ahead of the game, beginning with his returning duo.

“They [Andre and Theo] are really good news for us,” the Everton official website quotes him as saying.

“Andre started training the first day of this week, Theo started to do some individual work as well, and today he did all the session.

“Both [are available]. Andre didn’t play most of the last month and it’s always a tough period to [come back from that].

“He worked during the week and, in some moments, he was more tired than his teammates but that is something natural and normal.

“Now it is up to us to keep working hard with him and put him on the same level as the others.

“Theo just stopped for two or three days, it’s nothing, so, if we decide, he will be ready.”

Silva then provided an insight into the status of his summer signing, for whom the match is going to come too soon.

“We saw him for the first time this morning on the pitch doing individual work with Bruno [Mendes, Head of Performance]. Let’s see over the next few days how he’ll react.

“It’s step by step to see but it was a good sign for us to see him on the pitch with his teammates and starting to run. Even if it was individual work, it’s still a good step.”


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