What The Papers Say - 28 February

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Pundits and media outlets continue to react to Monday's news of Everton receiving four points back following an appeal against a 10-point sanction.

Former Premier League winners Alan Shearer and Micah Richards believe the news will give the Blues a boost following a tricky run of fixtures.

Speaking on The Rest Is Football podcast, Shearer said: "At the point, we felt that it was harsh. We will have to wait another month before we hear of that (second charge punishment). At the moment, it’s really good news for Everton and their fans."

Richards added: "I think if you are a player, Everton have been on the back of some rubbish results. It seems that they were lacking the confidence so this just gives you the boost, doesn’t it? You’re looking down rather than up in the table. Great news for them."

In injury news, Dele has stepped up his recovery this week, according to a report from The Athletic.

The Blues midfielder has spent his initial recovery in London but is believed to have returned to Finch Farm this week to proceed into the next stage.

Patrick Boyland writes: "There is a general acceptance on all sides that Dele has been particularly unfortunate with injuries.

"He has been working to a physical rehabilitation programme, designed by Everton’s medical team, where there has also been a focus on his well-being.

"Dele has spent the early part of his recovery from surgery in London, a move sanctioned by Everton that has allowed him to stay close to his tight-knit support network of family and friends.

"Everton’s medical staff are in touch on a daily basis as he works his way through his rehabilitation programme. The belief is that he is making positive progress and in a good space, eager to repay the faith shown in him.

"The next stage of the process saw him return to Finch Farm this week to step up his rehabilitation. The nature of the injury means that there will be a focus on repetition and running before he returns to full training. A comeback before the end of the season has not been completely discounted, but there is an acceptance of the need to tread carefully after his recent injuries."

Finally, The Times have reported that an agreement has been struck between 777 Partners and the Premier League for face-to-face talks over the proposed takeover of the Club.

The newspaper believes this to be a "significant" step and their meeting will be crucial to the final decision-making process.