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Vic Fighting Fit

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Victor Anichebe is hoping to complete a first team return after starring for the reserves.

The Nigerian played his first 90 minutes of football this season as Everton's second string drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Tuesday night, scoring a goal in the process.

Having impressed in the early stages of pre-season, Anichebe suffered a knee injury in late July and has been on the slow road to recovery since. The setback came after he missed much of the previous campaign, also with knee problems.

Now he is focusing on completing his comeback after revealing he feels that, for the first time since July, the injury is behind him.

Anichebe scores

"It was good to get 90 minutes under my belt, towards the last half an hour I was dying but it's good to get the game time and hopefully it will take me a long way," Anichebe told evertontv.

"I would say the injury is behind me. I feel it sometimes and it's been a long time but it was good psychologically to come through it and hopefully all my injuries are behind me as it has been a tough last 18 months with being injured, coming back and then getting injured again."

The powerful 22-year-old's performance in the mini-derby echoed his strong displays in Australia this summer but Anichebe knows a swift return to the first XI isn't assured.

"I worked hard in pre-season and it was hard to get injured when I did," he revealed.

"Hopefully the manager will be thinking about me now but we will see.

"I am taking slow steps and I can't just think I am going to play but hopefully I will be around the first team again soon."

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