Sam Allardyce provides fitness update on Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England.

Everton stopper Maarten Stekelenburg has been out since October with a groin injury.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England.

Sam Allardyce has told the Liverpool Echo that Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is set to return to training in the near future.

Stekelenburg has been out since October with a groin injury, and has made just three appearances this season.

The 35-year-old is on the verge of a return to Everton training though, and Allardyce is grateful that his injury problems are lessening.

“Maarten Stekelenburg is nearly joining in training,” he said. “When I arrived, there were some long-term injuries and we seem to have recovered from them.”

Maarten Stekelenburg of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on April 30, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton have recently welcomed back Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman to their first-team, after both suffered with serious injury last season.

The Toffees are also waiting for Leighton Baines to return, as the left-back should help to solidify their defence.

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (R) discusses with Everton's Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg during the English Premier League football match between Everton and...

Stekelenburg is likely to only be used in a reserve role, when he does make his comeback.

Jordan Pickford has been in impressive form for Everton this season, and the England international will surely continue as Allardyce’s side’s number one, despite the increased competition.

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