By Will Butcher
Everton are set to bolster their midfield options as Muhamed Besic has returned to first-team training following a long injury lay-off.
Besic, 24, has failed to step onto the pitch for Everton this season after suffering a long-term knee injury just 12 minutes into Wayne Rooney’s testimonial back in August.
However, the combative midfielder revealed on his personal Twitter account that he was back in training ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
The Guardian reported immediately after Besic’s knee injury that he would return in February, and it appears that the Bosnia international has just about completed his return on schedule.
Now back in training, the former Ferencvaros midfielder will be hoping that he can return to the Toffees side to take on Spurs and help maintain Everton’s impressive Premier League form.
The Merseyside outfit have now gone unbeaten in nine league games, winning six of those against the likes of Manchester City, Leicester and Southampton.
However, Everton’s number 21 is likely to struggle in earning a place back in Ronald Koeman’s midfield, following the summer signing of Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin.
The France international’s arrival has pushed Besic down the pecking order, with the likes of Tom Davies, Idrissa Gueye and James McCarthy also above Besic in the midfield rankings.
It remains to be seen if Besic will be included in Koeman’s matchday squad against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, as they look to keep the pressure on the top six with three points.
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