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Osman Should Be Fit

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Leon Osman is on course to be fit for Everton’s trip to Sunderland this Saturday.

The midfielder was forced from the field with a cut above his left eye after just nine minutes in the weekend victory against Arsenal.

Manager Roberto Martinez explained to evertontv on Tuesday morning that Osman would be assessed to determine whether he could participate in the open training session at Goodison later in the day.

And there was positive news as, despite sporting several stitches and a black eye, the 32-year-old joined in with the rest of his teammates.

Speaking first thing on Tuesday, Martinez said: “Knowing Leon, he will be ready and I will be very surprised if he doesn’t make the squad for Saturday.”

Phil Jagielka has missed the last seven games with a hamstring problem, while Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson and Lacina Traore are all long-term absentees.

However, Martinez was able to report no fresh injuries after the win over Arsenal and he is content with how his squad is shaping up heading into the last six games of the season.

“It was a really demanding game and the energy levels were affected but everyone is fully fit and psychologically strong,” added the Spaniard.

“We are very fortunate that with the group of players that we have. It doesn’t matter what part of the season, the players have always got a terrific attitude towards working hard and making themselves available. That doesn’t change.

“As with any year or season, you have to cope with injuries because it is a contact sport but the truth is that this group of players are as good as it gets.”

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