Ross Barkley provides encouraging fitness update on Twitter

Ross Barkley

Everton's Ross Barkley says that he is feeling good after working with the club's fitness training, as he edges closer to a return.

Everton's Ross Barkley has posted an encouraging injury update on Twitter, after returning to training with the club's fitness coach this week.

Although Barkley has not been able to train with this teammates, the youngster has been working on getting back to full-speed on his own and his assessment of the past week on the social media site seemed an optimistic one.

There were hopes that Barkley could return ahead of schedule, after initial fears that he could have been ruled out for five months, and the England international's update only went on to increase the anticipation for his comeback to the first-team.

The news will serve as a major boost to Everton fans who have watched the side suffer in their attacking midfielder's absence.

Barkley has been out since the start of the campaign after tearing his knee ligaments and the Toffees haven't and their usual attacking verve without him.

A destructive, yet graceful presence Barkley became the side's main creative outlet last season and without him they haven't posed the same threat.

The Merseyside club are currently in the bottom half of the Premier League after a disappointing start, which has seen them pick up just one win against West Bromwich Albion and they will know that an improvement is needed soon.

Everton finished in fifth position last season, but their performances so far have been far short of that quality and their porous defence has been a particular problem.

Last night the side put in another off-colour display against FC Krasnodar of Russia in the Europa League, but they did manage to get a 1-1 draw from the fixture.

A better performance will be required if they are to get a result from their match against Manchester United at the weekend, though. 

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