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Mixed injury news for Everton after Swansea draw

Lukaku close to return - but Osman to be assessed

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Romelu Lukaku is closing in on an Everton comeback after posting a video on instagram highlighting his return to fitness.

The 21-year-old suffered a hamstring injury against QPR on March 22nd which saw him pull out of the Belgium squad for two matches over the international break.

He has since missed two further games for Everton, against Southampton last weekend and Swansea on Saturday. However, in the video he is shown sprinting onto a through ball and finding the bottom corner, labelling the video "almost ready".

Given Arouna Kone struggled in Lukaku's absence at the Liberty Stadium his return for the season run-in is most welcome as he bids to become the Everton first player since Yakubu to score 20 goals in a season.

Almost ready

A video posted by Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli (@romelu.lukaku10) on

Everton meanwhile are assessing Leon Osman's fitness after he came off against Swansea with a groin injury. The 33-year-old was only starting his fourth match since returning to fitness in February following a serious foot injury.

His withdrawal took the shine off the return of another veteran Steven Pienaar, who has been out since December with a knee complaint.

Osman is just the latest player to suffer a soft tissue injury this season and while his age can be seen as a factor, the sheer number of these types of injuries suffered by the squad this season needs to be looked at the Martinez and the medical team in the summer.