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Boss: Naismith Feeling Fine

Scot expected to be fit for Chelsea, Lukaku targeting West Ham.

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Roberto Martinez says Steven Naismith is feeling "perfectly fine" following the concussion he suffered against Swansea City and expects the Scot to be fit to face Chelsea on Saturday.

Naismith came off the bench during Everton's 3-1 win over the Swans to score the decisive second goal and win the penalty from which Leighton Baines grabbed his side's third.

However, the forward's afternoon was cut short in the closing minutes after he took a nasty blow to the head and he has since been kept under close observation by Club doctors.

But speaking to evertontv on Tuesday morning, Martinez confirmed Naismith had received the all-clear to resume training, meaning he will now be in contention for the weekend trip to the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Martinez said: "Stevie has reacted really well. It was a little bit of a concern straight away when he had that delayed concussion. Two hours after the game he was fine but for the next 24 hours it's then important you're in observation and we're checking all the signs are right.

"We've done that and Stevie is perfectly well. Over the next three or four days we're going to keep an eye on how he is recovering, but I would say that Stevie will be fully fit for the weekend because he's ready now to get back to work as normal."

Steven Naismith comes on for Lacina Traore against Swansea - both are in contention to face Chelsea on Saturday.Steven Naismith comes on for Lacina Traore against Swansea - both are in contention to face Chelsea on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Martinez hopes to welcome back striker Romelu Lukaku for the visit of West Ham United to Goodison Park on 1 March.

The 20-year-old is ineligible for Saturday's game against his parent club but his manager hopes the enforced rest will give him the necessary time to boost his fitness levels following a three-week spell on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

"Romelu Lukaku is fully fit now and it's just a matter of making sure that we get him back to his level of match fitness that he needs," said Martinez. "From a medical point of view, he's fit.

"It helps in a way that he's not available for this weekend because this game may have been a little bit too early for him to be involved with the team. But now we've got nearly two weeks to make sure that he's fully fit for the next home game and that's very much a realistic target."

With Lukaku absent, Lacina Traore could again be set to deputise, with Martinez reporting the Ivorian came through his hour-long goalscoring debut with no recurrence of a recent hamstring complaint.

He added: "Lacina was really happy and really excited, as you can imagine. We had to make sure he was fine before we played him and he had to work really, really hard to make sure he was able to cope with the demands of the British game.

"I couldn't be happier with his role against Swansea. The objective was to be able to do 45 minutes, and 60 minutes was at the very top of our expectations. He coped with that very well physically and you could see the threat that he carries."

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Shelli WoodsGlad to hear Naismith is on the mend. Awful tackle. Naisy always gives 100% and hope the rest of the fans get behind him totally from now on. COYB!

Tuesday 18th February 20:16 Report Comment

Alec WalkerThat tackle on Naismith was violent play and should have had a red card.

Tuesday 18th February 14:49 Report Comment
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