Lukaku Back In Training

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku, James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas are back in training ahead of Everton’s match with Sunderland on Saturday.

Lukaku missed the recent five-day training camp in Dubai after travelling to Belgium to seek treatment on a minor calf problem.

Both McCarthy (hamstring) and Mirallas (groin) were not risked in the 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough in the Toffees’ previous fixture but travelled to the United Arab Emirates last week.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Koeman confirmed that all three have been involved in training as the Blues prepare for the Black Cats.

“Romelu had a little calf problem but has been back in training for the last three days,” he said. “James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas have also trained with the group this week.

Koeman had further positive news when it came to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Muhamed Besic. The former has been out since damaging his ankle in the 3-0 win over Southampton in early January, with the Bosnia international missing since Wayne Rooney’s testimonial in pre-season due to a cruciate ligament injury.

But both are nearing returns to full training. 

“Dominic will be back on Tuesday, and then we have Mo who is doing parts of training,” added the manager. “He is in a good way to come back totally as a player in the team.

“Yannick also has his second surgery in early March.

“We are fit and we are ready for the weekend.”

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