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Another Everton injury boost as Pienaar returns to training

South African midfielder could return to action before the end of the season

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The international break has come at a good time for some of the injured members of the squad as they look to step up their recoveries at Finch Farm.

One of those players is Steven Pienaar, who has been struggling with a knee injury for the past three months. The South African has only played 10 times this season due to fitness issues, with his last game being the 3-1 win against QPR last December.

However, manager Roberto Martinez revealed last week that the 33-year-old will return to training today and should make a first team return before the end of the season.

Though Everton have little to play for Pienaar will potentially have a lot riding on the final few games of the season should he get himself fit.

He is one of a number of players aged 30 and above who need to prove they are still good enough to compete at the top end of the Premier League.

Though Pienaar has never relied on his pace, he has to prove this season's injury problems are the exception rather than the norm.

Otherwise he may well be moved on at the end of the year, even though his contract at Goodison has another season to run.