Everton have received a major boost with the news that Seamus Coleman has returned to first-team training following 10 months out on the sidelines having suffered a horrific leg break whilst on international duty.
Since his last appearance for the Toffees, back in mid-March, the right-back position has been occupied by 21-year-old Mason Holgate and Cuco Martina, who arrived during the summer transfer window on a free transfer from Southampton.
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Whilst there has been no mention of when exactly the 29-year-old is likely to be back out on the pitch, his return will be a huge plus for Everton manager Sam Allardyce.
The Republic of Ireland international is not the only key player nearing a return to first-team action, with the former Crystal Palace boss also confirming that he is close to welcoming back Leighton Baines, who has been out of action since November.
â€œSeamus Coleman has just started training, Leighton Baines is a bit longer [away from fitness] than that, we have Yannick back and, hopefully, James McCarthy can continue to improve us,â€ Allardyce revealed during the clubâ€™s general meeting on Tuesday, according to Evertonâ€™s official website.
Since being handed the reins at Goodison Park, the 63-year-old has turned the Merseyside outfitâ€™s season around, leading them away from the relegation zone and into the top half of the Premier League, where they currently occupy ninth place, seven points clear of the bottom three.
Despite their improved league standing, the Toffees last secured all three points back in mid-December and have lost their previous two league fixtures, away to struggling Bournemouth and most recently, at home to Manchester United.
Everton face another tough test this weekend, when they travel to Wembley Stadium to take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon, knowing that they must pick up all three points if they are to close in on the European spots.