Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that midfielder Ross Barkley is close to making a return to competitive action.
The 20-year-old has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League due to an injury to his medial collateral ligament he suffered just before the start of the season.
The England international, though, is recovering well and is likely to return to action by the end of this month.
The youngster, who enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2013-14, has returned to training, and Everton boss Martinez claims that he is close to making his comeback to competitive football.
Martinez, who described Barkley as a ‘sensational footballer’ during his press conference on Thursday, gave updates on the injuries to other players in his team.
RM adds that John Stones's surgery was a success, while Kevin Mirallas is recovering well #EFC— Everton (@Everton) October 16, 2014
Regarding James McCarthy, Steven Pienaar and Seamus Coleman, RM unsure whether they may return for Villa, but should do v Lille— Everton (@Everton) October 16, 2014
RM: "Sylvain Distin is training well, refreshed & is enjoying his football. He is back in consideration for Villa." https://t.co/LiGV63phpt— Everton (@Everton) October 16, 2014
Everton return to Premier League action against Aston Villa on Saturday. The Toffees have made a disappointing start to the 2014-15 season and are currently 17th in the league table with six points from seven matches, just two points above the relegation zone.