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Everton boss Roberto Martinez expects John Stones to return from knee injury

Published 14/10/2015 | 10:36

Everton's John Stones has been sidelined by a knee injury
Everton's John Stones has been sidelined by a knee injury

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expects to have John Stones back available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League home clash with Manchester United.

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Defender Stones has missed the Toffees' last two games because of a knee injury and was also not involved for England during the international break.

Martinez, quoted on Everton's official website, said on Wednesday with a view to the weekend's contest at Goodison Park: "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.

"We have still got three very 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."

Everton are also set to have Seamus Coleman returning to their team on Saturday.

The full-back, sidelined recently by a hamstring complaint, played his first match in a month when he turned out for the Republic of Ireland against Poland on Sunday.

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