Four Everton stars return to training after injuries, reveals Martinez

Roberto Martinez has revealed that Steven Pienaar, Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku have all returned to Everton training today.

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that a quartet of Everton stars have returned to first-team training, after suffering with injury. 

Steven Pienaar, Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku all returned to action today after suffering with different kinds of injury.

Lukaku and Pienaar had only been out for the short-term, but Oviedo and Kone have spent a prolonged spell on the sidelines so their returns will be a major boost. 

They both add further depth to the Everton squad who will be looking to breach the top four in the Premier League this season, whilst balancing their European schedule too. 

And Martinez was delighted to have some of his key players back in action today ahead of the Blues' fixture against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, although he did reveal fitness concerns over two of the other members of his first-team squad. 

“Steven Pienaar, Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku will join the group training today, which is very positive," he said in a press-conference today. 

“Leon got a knock in his calf in a game we played behind closed doors. He missed training yesterday [Wednesday] and we will assess him today.

“Samuel Eto’o got a little knock in the game against Chelsea at the moment he scored and we are going to be a little cautious. Again, we will assess him today and tomorrow to see if he can make the squad for Saturday. If can't make the squad then he should be available for next week."

Everton are still searching for their first win of the season, after a tough opening to the campaign. 

Martinez's men won many admirers last year, but they have rather stuttered out of the blocks this time around - even if the fixture list hasn't been particularly kind to them.

They started their Premier League season with a 2-2 draw against Leicester City, before losing 6-3 to Chelsea and drawing 2-2 with Arsenal. 

It shows a worrying amount of goals conceded against a defence which proved very solid last season and Martinez knows that the will need to rectify this problem if they are to emulate their finish of fifth from the previous year. 

There is certainly the talent in the squad to do that, but there is always a worry about the cliched 'second-season syndrome' and the Spanish boss will be keen to show that it won't occur at Goodison Park.

Their first chance to build momentum after the international break comes against the Baggies, who are also yet to win so far, and the squad will be determined to get their season up and running. 

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