Everton boss Roberto Martinez has no doubts Muhamed Besic will overcome his latest injury setback and be instrumental in the season's run-in.
The midfielder is currently recovering from another hamstring problem in what has proved to be a campaign plagued by fitness issues for the 23-year-old.
Besic’s most recent injury, suffered against Swansea City at the end of January, arrived when he was widely considered to be in the best form of his Everton career so far - an opinion underlined by him being named the Club's Player of the Month
It is hoped that the former Ferencvaros man will be nearing a first-team comeback when the squad jet back from the training camp in Dubai at the end of the week.
And, speaking on last week’s Everton Show
, Martinez said: “It’s been great to see Mo at full flow and playing at this level. He is someone that is going to have a big say from now until the end of the season.
“It shows you that the Premier League is such a unique league. Even with Mo’s experience internationally, his body is still adapting to the demands of the Premier League.
“He’s picked up two soft-tissue injuries - one on the right, one on the left leg - and it shows you that any player has to go through the process of adapting to the unique physicality of the Premier League.”
Besic has developed cult hero status amongst Blues for his dynamic, all-action style, which has drawn comparisons to legendary midfielders Peter Reid and Paul Bracewell.
Martinez is unsurprised Evertonians have taken the Bosnian to their hearts and added: “You look at history and that type of player, Evertonians really appreciate that kind of player who wins the ball in challenges when you don’t think there is the right to win it.
“What I appreciate about Mo is that the bigger the challenge, the bigger the response.
“At Old Trafford last season he had to man-mark [Angel] Di Maria and he looked forward to the challenge, then there was the confrontation against Yaya Toure at Goodison not so long ago.
“From days like that, you can see the enormous potential that he has.”