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Winger stepping up recovery from a hamstring injury.

Alex Livesey

Just 24 hours after James McCarthy pulled out of the Ireland squad with a hamstring injury, it was revealed that Kevin Mirallas is back in training after a hamstring strain of his own.

It sums up the topsy turvy nature of Everton's season so far, with inconsistency of results match by the rotating nature of Everton's casualty list, with one player returning to fitness just as another one succumbs to injury.

Mirallas has been absent since the Anfield derby at the end of September, when the Belgian pulled up in obvious discomfort while trying to run onto a through ball during the first half.

His pace, power and directness has been missed, even if the return of Ross Barkley went some way towards filling the attacking void.

Everton were reluctant to put a timescale on his recovery given the unpredictable nature of hamstring injuries. But Mirallas did raise hopes of a return sooner rather than alter when he posted  a video on Instagram of him running in the gym at Finch Farm.

Training hard !!! Play hard!!! Back soon...

A video posted by Kevin Mirallas Y Castillo (@kmirallas11) on

Now, speaking at 'An Evening With Roberto Martinez' event in Liverpool, the Everton manager confirmed Mirallas is back in training, though he would not say when he will return to the first-team.

The West Ham game on November 22 may be too soon, but there is a good chance we will see Mirallas back in an Everton shirt by the start of December.