Everton have received a massive injury boost ahead of their game against Manchester United with star defenders John Stones and Seamus Coleman set to return to the first team after being on the sidelines of the club through injury. The Toffees have been in good form this season and a win over United will take them level on points with the Red Devils, who suffered a humiliating thrashing at the hands of Arsenal in their last Premier League fixture before the international break.
Stones has been on the wrong end of a lot of transfer talk this summer, with both Chelsea and Manchester United believed to be interested in his services. However, Roberto Martinez dug deep and refused to let go of his star player, which has made the mood inside the dressing room considerably more buoyant.
Everton also have Tom Cleverley, Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar out with injury but Martinez believes that the trio need some more time to recover and will only be available later in the year. Everton come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Goodison Park, which saw the end of Brendan Rodgers' stay at Anfield.
The Toffees also have a good record against United at home in recent years, with the last fixture between the two sides ending in a 3-0 win for Martinez's men last season. Meanwhile, Coleman was part of the Republic of Ireland squad in the weekend after recovering from a setback and will slot straight back into his position at right-back.
"I think he should be ready. Remember that John has been having a lot of quality work at Finch Farm and it will be a matter of just getting that match fitness," Martinez told Everton's official website.
"We have still got very three important days ahead of that fixture in terms of preparation so we'll get a better idea on Friday of where John is. I would say medically he is ready now. He's been joining the group and from a medical point of view I don't think there is a concern or worry."
"We are taking it step by step, but to see Tom and Leighton joining the group, that [means] they are at the final stage of any recovery from injury.
"I expect them to be available, with Steven Pienaar, over the next two or three weeks. Before the next international break, I am very much looking forward to having all these players back and all these players feeling like footballers again.
"Tony Hibbert is doing really well as well and I expect a very quick recovery and Mo Besic is very similar to Tony," he added.