Despite a tough draw against Sunderland on Sunday, there is still good news to be had in the form of a Kevin Mirallas return. The Belgian midfielder has been sidelined since September with a hamstring injury but may be back with the first team in the coming weeks.
During his pre-match press conference on Friday, Roberto Martinez gave an update on Mirallas.
Kevin Mirallas is about two or three weeks away. The international break has come at the right time.
That timetable would roughly put him on track to return November 22nd against West Ham, or the Europa League match against Wolfsburg on the 27th. However, hamstring injuries are tricky and can be easily aggrivated, so Martinez would do well to exercise caution with his star wide-man.
Seeing as I've written about Everton's struggles on the wing in just about every article I've written this season, I see no reason to stop now. A healthy Mirallas could be just what Everton needs to string some positive results together. After a rough start to the year, Everton have been stuck in a pattern of following up a positive result with a negative one. Some consistency could do this team a world of good.
Mirallas' could bring some energy and stability to a midfield that has struggled to regain their form from last season and having your leader in assists from last campaign back certainly can't hurt your cause. Unfortunately, Mirallas' return may be overshadowed by the injuries to Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, with the former likely to miss a significant period of time.
As Roberto said, the international break has come just in time, giving Mirallas time to nurse his injured leg. The Toffees need to get as many injured players back as possible to keep up with their increased schedule, hopefully John Stones isn't too far behind.