Everton manager Roberto Martinez is hopeful John Stones, Seamus Coleman, Tom Cleverley and Steven Pienaar will all be back in contention for the visit of Manchester United. Stones, 21, has missed the club's last two games with a knee injury and was subsequently left out of the England squad for the recent European Championship qualifiers against Lithuania and Estonia.
Coleman, meanwhile, suffered a hamstring problem prior to the international break and missed the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 victory over Germany, but returned to the national team in Sunday's defeat to Poland. While the club are yet to make a final decision on the players, Martinez is quietly confident they will return to his starting XI on 17 October.
When asked about injury concerns ahead of the visit of Louis van Gaal's outfit, Martinez told a press conference: "Today I expect Stones, Coleman, Cleverley and Pienaar to train with the group. After today's session and tomorrow's session there will be final measurements to assess whether they will be ready for the squad. So from a medical point of view, yes, but we need to make a decision over the next 48 hours."
Cleverley could return against his former club, having been sidelined with an ankle ligament problem suffered against Tottenham at the end of August. The midfielder was stretchered off after a challenge from Eric Dier but could now return ahead of schedule. Pienaar meanwhile has been struggling with a hamstring injury.
Martinez also had positive news over long-term absentee Leighton Baines. The England international missed the final two games of last season to undergo ankle surgery and has not played a game so far this season. However the Toffees boss hopes to have the left back in his squad within the next two weeks.
"Leighton is not far off at all," Martinez said. "We had a very good two weeks work and he is ready to rejoin the group. I'd say two weeks more."