Everton handed major boost as 23-year-old star fit for Sunderland clash
By Matt Farr
Everton have been handed a major boost ahead of their Premier League meeting with Sunderland on Saturday with star goalscorer Romelu Lukaku expected back in training on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old did not travel with the first-team squad for their warm-weather training camp in Dubai last week, as he was nursing a calf injury.
But as quoted by the Metro, Everton boss Ronald Koeman confirmed that the Belgian international was expected to re-join the first-team squad and could be back in contention to face Sunderland at the weekend after undergoing treatment.
He said: “He has a lot of confidence in the Belgian doctor and I gave him permission to go to Belgium and recover.
“We expect him, normally next Tuesday [today] to be joining in the training session. He will be fit and available for the weekend.”
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His return to action will be a major boost for the club, who have few reliable options to lead the line in his absence.
The Toffees talisman has been in terrific goalscoring form for the club this season. He has netted 17 goals from 26 appearances in all competitions, as well as adding five assists.
He scored four goals during the victory over Bournemouth at the start of the month, but was kept at bay by Middlesbrough in their most recent Premier League encounter.
However, Lukaku will no doubt relish the prospect of going up against Sunderland once again this season, having scored a hat-trick when the two sides last met on September 12.
The Everton squad were back in training in Merseyside on Tuesday.