Frank Lampard has confirmed Yerry Mina “will feature” for Everton in Wednesday’s clash with Leicester City at Goodison Park (7.45pm BST).
The towering defender has been sidelined since early February with a quadriceps injury but is in line to return against the Foxes.
Lampard’s midfield options will also be strengthened, with Donny van de Beek available after a minor thigh injury and being unavailable to face parent club Manchester United.
Tom Davies (hamstring), Nathan Patterson (ankle) and Andros Townsend (knee) remain out for Everton.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference at Finch Farm, Lampard said: “Yerry will feature. He is in the squad.
“Then, it is making sure he is fit enough and also analysing the games we have got left. We have another game four days after this one [the Merseyside derby at Anfield], which is a huge game for us.
“It’s managing that [schedule] and Yerry because he’s been out for a while.
“It’s great to have him back. He is a big personality in the dressing room and he is a big player for us."
On van de Beek, who became a father for the first time last week, Lampard added: "Donny is back in contention.
"He was not well for a period, then he had an injury pre-West Ham [before being unable to play against parent club Manchester United].
"He had a baby girl last week, which is great for him. It’s nice for us to have him to be back in the squad now."
Fabian Delph made his first Everton appearance under Lampard’s management in the win over United and promptly delivered a classy, composed midfield display.
Lampard outlined the key qualities he believes the Yorkshireman can provide his side for the remainder of the campaign.
“I haven’t had Fabian available since I’ve been here because of his injury,” the Everton boss said.
“Experience and quality is what he brought to the team. That’s pretty priceless.
“We’re really pleased with how he went and we just want to keep him fit for this run-in of games."