Sam Allardyce says “there is a chance” Theo Walcott could return to the Everton starting line-up for their trip to West Ham United on Sunday, having missed last week’s clash against Southampton with a calf injury.
Wayne Rooney will not be risked for the final Premier League game of the season. He underwent treatment on Friday for a minor knee injury which kept him out of the 1-1 draw with the Saints.
Walcott's return would represent a boost for the Blues, who travel to the capital aiming to stretch their unbeaten run to six matches.
Since signing from Arsenal in the January transfer window, Walcott has scored three goals and made three assists – directly contributing to the Toffees collecting 13 points.
Allardyce added, however, that Gylfi Sigurdsson will not be ready to face the Hammers and – while Mason Holgate is back in training after recent ankle surgery – he may not be risked.
“There is a chance for Theo,” Allardyce told evertonfc.com. “Mason is back training as well. “But I am not sure, with what we have available at centre half, we need to risk him, because he is short of match practice. But he is training with us, so we will decide that later on today.
“Gylfi is still a way off, unfortunately.”
Everton travel to East London aiming to continue their impressive away form – a victory over David Moyes’s side will make it four games unbeaten on the road.
Allardyce praised his players for “fighting their way through” after a difficult start to the season and says the squad is now determined to round off the campaign by triumphing over the Hammers.
“We’ve come through a difficult time,” he explained. “We can play better at times but what the players have done has been very good indeed. That’s the whole squad.
“That is down to all the players getting to grips with the situation, fighting their way through and producing results consistently to accumulate the points total we have got.
“We’ve came through problems with injuries, too, and still got results.
“We want to go and win at West Ham now. If we do, we move up to 52 points, which is no mean achievement from where we started from.”