Abdoulaye Doucoure has sent a six-word message on social media after returning to Everton training with the rest of the squad.
Sean Dyche revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday (12 January) that he is “hopeful” that the Mali international will be available for the Toffees’ game against Aston Villa on Sunday (14 January).
The 31-year-old midfielder posted a picture on Twitter of himself smiling in training on Friday, adding the caption “Happy to be back. Let’s go.”
The return of Doucoure should certainly hand Everton a major boost heading into the game if Dyche is able to name him in his squad.
The midfielder has been out for the best part of the past month with a hamstring problem before joining back in with training this week.
It’s notable that the Toffees haven’t won any of their five games since he was forced off in the 2-0 victory over Burnley on 16 December.
The injury came just at the wrong time for the Mali international after he had scored in both matches before picking up the problem, having forged a successful partnership playing in behind forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
It’s unlikely Dyche would throw him straight back into the starting lineup, but he could be a good option off the bench as the Blues look to pick up a victory to create a gap between themselves and the relegation zone.