Fitness boost for Everton senior star after West Ham triumph
By Will Butcher
Ronald Koeman has revealed that Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg could be fit enough to make an instant return against Chelsea.
The Holland international failed a late fitness test ahead of the Toffees clash with West Ham, with Joel Robles taking his place as the Merseyside giants secured a 2-0 win at Goodison Park.
Koeman was quoted by Everton’s official Twitter account as saying that the injury to his summer signing was “not very serious” and could return within a week.
'@RonaldKoeman says Maarten Stekelenburg's injury is "not very serious" and adds that he expects to have him available for @ChelseaFC. #EFC
— Everton (@Everton) October 30, 2016
Former Fulham and Roma goalkeeper Stekelenburg had played in all nine of Everton’s Premier League matches so far this season prior to their clash against West Ham, keeping two clean sheets.
The 34-year-old’s finest moment for the Toffees came as he almost single-handedly won a point for the team with two penalty saves in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City on October 15.
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Despite Spanish goalkeeper Joel keeping the likes of Dimitri Payet, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini at bay, Stekelenburg is expected to come straight back in against Antonio Conte’s side on Saturday.
The win for Everton ends a dismal run of two draws and three losses in five league and cup encounters, as they sit in sixth position on 18 points.
In other Everton team news, fans have reacted after Ross Barkley scored a superb second to secure the three points against West Ham.