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8th Mar, 2017 | 9:17pm

Everton 24-year-old delivers fitness update, earmarks date for first-team return

By Matt Farr

Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic has revealed he wants to make an appearance in the Premier League before the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has yet to feature for the club this season, having been sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury following an appearance in Manchester United star Wayne Rooney’s testimonial back in August.

But speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Besic has confirmed that he intends to break back into the first-team setup at Goodison Park, and earn an appearance in the Premier League before the end of the campaign.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has already made a return to first-team training, albeit in a bit part role, having joined the squad for their training camp in Dubai in January.

He has been participating in one-on-one outdoor sessions with the Everton fitness team, but has yet to undergo a full training session.

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But his focus remains fully on returning to the Premier League stage before the curtain comes down in May.

He told the Echo: “I would play a game now for Everton’s first team but there are people who know better and they will take care of me.

“Probably I will play one, two or three games for the Under 23s. If I get some Premier League games that would be great but I’m not looking too far.

“I just look from day to day and train until the medical staff say I’m ready.”

However, Besic faces a tough task to regain his place in the Everton first team, following the arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin to the club in January.

Ronald Koeman already has a quality bunch of midfield options at his disposal, with Idrissa Gueye, James McCarthy and Gareth Barry joining Schneiderlin in that Merseyside talent pool.

But Besic proved throughout the 2015-16 campaign that he can be an important player for the club. He made 17 appearances under Roberto Martinez last term, in what was another injury-hit campaign.

In other Everton news, Yannick Bolasie has posted a major fitness update, and fans will be delighted.

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