Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Seamus Coleman will return to his starting line-up for Saturday's crucial Premier League game against Tottenham
The Irish full- back has missed Everton's last three games with a hamstring injury, but has responded well to treatment.
"Seamus is a very important player and we have had good news on him. I would say he is probably in the right category to play this weekend and that's really positive and exciting for us," said Martinez.
Equally upbeat is Shane Long, who believes his partnership with Nikica Jelavic, can help Hull City avoid relegation.
"Nikica is a very good player and an easy one to play with," said Long. "Although it is still early days, I think our understanding can grow into something good. I've settled in straight away here.
"Normally when you go to a new club, there are a few different groups within that dressing room, but everybody gets on with everybody here and there is a really good atmosphere.
"Hopefully, myself and 'Jella' can make a difference on the field and help the club climb the table."
Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers' move to sign former Irish international Stephen McPhail is expected to be completed next week, freeing the one-time Leeds United player to feature in their pre-season programme.
Elsewhere, Ipswich Town are considering signing Owen Garvan, the Irish midfielder who has been troubled with knee injuries, on loan. Left out of the 25-man-squad Crystal Palace had to submit to the Premier League yesterday, Garvan appears to have no future at Selhurst Park.