Roberto Martinez gave his pre-match press conference this morning, revealing that Romelu Lukaku will be fit to play on Saturday when Everton travel to take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Lukaku has been nursing a toe injury and skipped international duty with Belgium (their Euro 2016 qualifier with Israel was postponed) to recover.
In some more good news for Evertonians -- Martinez said that Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo, and Steven Pienaar had all returned to training with the team. Pienaar has missed the last two games while Kone and Oviedo have yet to appear for the Blues this season, but both did play in a closed-doors friendly win over Stoke City last Friday.
With the good news comes bad news on both Samuel Eto'o and Leon Osman. Martinez on Eto'o, via the Everton website:
"Samuel Eto’o got a little knock in the game against Chelsea at the moment he scored and we are going to be a little cautious. Again, we will assess him today and tomorrow to see if he can make the squad for Saturday. If can't make the squad then he should be available for next week."
Martinez, speaking on Osman:
"Leon got a knock in his calf in a game we played behind closed doors. He missed training yesterday [Wednesday] and we will assess him today."
The head man also disclosed that all those out on international duty had returned free of injuries, though Christian Atsu and Muhamed Besic had not yet arrived.
Finally, Martinez commented on the progress of Ross Barkley:
"Ross is progressing well. He is still receiving treatment and is in week four [of his rehabilitation] now. He is probably a couple weeks ahead of where he should be but he is still halfway through his recovery period."