Everton midfielder Leon Osman has reacted to returning to training via the club’s TV channel.
Osman has been out of action since December with an ankle problem, but is back in first team training ahead of his return to competitive action.
“I'm really pleased to be back training. I've been out for a number of weeks now and it's been really frustrating,” he said.
“It's difficult to be as close to the team when you're injured, so to be right in the thick of things is great. Now I've got to make a few more steps before I can get back in the first team.”
Osman’s return gives Roberto Martinez an extra option in the middle of his team and he creates a number of benefits for the club.
His experience is obvious and he can use that to his, and the team’s, advantage in big games over the rest of the season.
He’s a calming figure in the middle of the park, which is important when considering the talented youngsters the club has in the form of Ross Barkley and James McCarthy who are still trying to brand their style and influence over the side.
He can add aggression and will play simple passes, picking the ball up from the defence and moving possession forward, or press in attack and look to bring others into the game.
What Roberto Martinez can’t do is reintroduce him to the team prematurely, which may threaten to make the ankle problem he’s been carrying reoccur, which will simply set him back further.
However, when he does return, the Everton midfield will be better off with him than without him.