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Martinez keen to get McGeady in shape


Everton's Aiden McGeady. Picture credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Everton's Aiden McGeady. Picture credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Everton's Aiden McGeady. Picture credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez could throw their new signing Aiden McGeady straight into action if the Ireland international's fitness can reach the same levels as his attitude.

McGeady, who completed his move from Spartak Moscow to Everton last weekend, is in Spain this week for a training camp with his new Toffees teammates, and he could be in line to feature in their next game, against West Brom on Monday night.

Martinez has a slight concern over McGeady's match fitness as he has not had a competitive game since November 23, but he is delighted with the approach of the former Celtic man.

"Regaining his match fitness is going to be all-important. It's a little bit too early to say, but I see the mentality is right and he is ready to help the team straight away" said Martinez.

"Every session makes a big difference and that is down to his personal natural fitness.

"His situation is that he hasn't done anything for six weeks. That means he has been detrained a little bit.

"But he has been working on his own and keeping himself fit, so he has been getting a lot of benefit straight away. Every session, you can see him getting sharper," added Martinez, pleased to see McGeady gel with his new teammates.


"Having Aiden here is giving that relationship extra time.

"He is part of the group now and, all of sudden, he knows every player, he can spend time with everyone and, in terms of the training, he is getting a lot of advantage in being able to get good work in and understand all the football concepts that the team has, so it's been very beneficial," said the Everton boss.

Meanwhile, defender Sylvain Distin has returned to full training and is likely to be in the squad for Monday's trip to West Brom. The French centre-back has missed three matches with a hamstring problem, but is back in contention after stepping up his workload during the club's warm-weather training in Tenerife.

"Sylvain has come through four sessions now and has had no reaction," Martinez said.

"That straightaway has been one of the benefits. He has been able to work with the group with no effects to him."