Muhamed Besic made his long-awaited return to action on an evening full of positives at Goodison Park as Everton Under-23s took a step closer to the Premier League 2 title.
The Bosnian international had been sidelined for more than eight months after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial during pre-season.
But the midfielder returned to competitive action on Monday night, helping the young Blues to a 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
Besic tasted 45 minutes of action before being withdrawn, as planned, at half-time.
“It was great to see Mo back out on the pitch,” Under-23s coach David Unsworth told evertontv.
“It was always the plan to give him 45 minutes. He’s worked so tirelessly in the gym and behind the scenes. We’re delighted to see him back and hopefully he’ll get some more minutes between now and the end of the season.”