Richard Wright has been named in the travelling party for the
pre-season friendly against Welsh Premier League outfit TNS.
The former England international is set to receive his first
taste of football since the final day of the 2002-3 season after he
injured his shoulder in a freak domestic accident.
Since then, Wright has been able to train fully with the first
team squad, but has been forced to sit out the goalkeeping sessions
with Chris Woods.
However, after visiting a specialist on Thursday, the
25-year-old 'keeper is now allowed to continue his
rehabilitation by featuring in a competitive game.
"It's now been eight weeks since Richard sustained his
injury and we're delighted that specialist has given him the OK
to play on Friday," Mick Rathbone told evertonfc.com.
"Richard has been working hard this pre-season on his
fitness, but we've had to keep a careful eye on him while
he's been doing the goalkeeping work.
"Over the past week or so he's been able to play more
of a role in training and he's felt no reaction, but we'll
keep our fingers crossed that everything goes well for him on
Although the clash with the Welsh outfit is billed as a reserve
team friendly, David Moyes is keen for Wright to be given as much
match practice as possible.
First teamers Li Tie and Lee Carsley are also included in the
squad for the trip to TNS, after the midfield duo missed Tuesday
night's friendly with Roda JC Kerkrade.
However, Leon Osman and Nick Chadwick, who both featured in the
0-2 defeat at the Parkstad Limburg Stadion will be a part of Andy
Holden's side in the final reserve friendly before the season
Squad: Wright, Turner, Clarke, Li Tie, McLeod, Schumacher,
Chadwick, B Moogan, O'Hanlon, Pascucci, Schumacher, Brown,
Carsley, Garside, Potter, Barry, Osman