Sean Dyche has revealed Dominic Calvert-Lewin is back in training and will be assessed ahead of Saturday when Everton take on in-form Brentford at Goodison Park (3pm GMT).
The forward has missed the past five games after suffering a hamstring injury during the 1-0 home win over Arsenal last month. However, Dyche has confirmed Calvert-Lewin has been involved in full training this week and could return to the squad for Saturday's contest.
Left-back Vitalii Mykolenko could also be available for selection after overcoming the illness that saw him miss Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Nottingham Forest, while right-back Nathan Patterson will be assessed after completing a full 90 minutes for the Under-21s in Monday’s Premier League 2 clash at home to Crystal Palace.
Andros Townsend (ACL) remains unavailable.
Asked about Calvert-Lewin's availability for this weekend in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Dyche said: "Dom is in and around it again, with us training. We are still making a decision on him being truly right to come back in.
"[On this weekend] it's early yet, he's just got on the grass with us, but he's done a lot of rehab - the stats and facts - and the way he's feeling is good. It's positive signs that's for sure."
On updates for Mykolenko, Patterson and Townsend, Dyche added: "Myko is just illness. We're making a decision on his strength. He is just coming out of illness but has trained today. Patto has played another game, but he's still just getting that true match sharpness.
"[Townsend] isn't close and he's had a knee injury with some setbacks. It seems to be calming now and he's in a better place with it now."