Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Andre Gomes will start individual training at USM Finch Farm next week as he steps up his rehabilitation from ankle surgery.
The Italian added Gomes’ return to the training base “is good news and he is doing very well”.
Gomes, who suffered a fractured ankle in Everton's 1-1 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 3 November, has been recovering back in Portugal.
The manager added he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park (3pm).
Jean-Philippe Gbamin remains sidelined with a quadriceps injury, while Alex Iwobi misses out with a hamstring problem.
“Andre Gomes comes back next week and will start to train individually here,” said Ancelotti, who was speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.
“It is good news because he is doing well. His recovery is going faster.
“I hope he can be with us [the squad] as soon as possible because he is a fantastic player.
“We have Jean-Philippe Gbamin – I don’t know precisely [when he will return to full training], working alone in this moment, doing individual sessions. It is the same with Alex Iwobi.
“The others are fit and in good condition.”
Ancelotti said Everton could add to their squad during the January transfer window, stating he has the full backing from Majority Shareholder Farhad Moshiri and the Club’s Board, including Director of Football Marcel Brands.
“We have had a positive meeting and, if there is some possibility to improve our squad, we are going to do that,” said the Everton manager.
“I have the total support of the owner, the Board and the Director of Football."