Everton expect to have John Stones back in their match-up against Manchester United this Saturday. This is good news for the Toffees, unlike their opponents who’ve had a number of injury setbacks over the international break.
Prior to his injury which left him sidelined for matches against West Brom and Liverpool as well as the international break, Stones made six Premier League appearances for the full five-hundred and forty minutes.
Stones scored his first goal against Manchester United and David De Gea just last season. A superb header that beat David De Gea outright from the clinical defender. Club Manager Roberto Martinez had this to say about the likelihood of the center-backs return:
“I think he should be ready. Remember that John has been having a lot of quality work at Finch Farm and it will be a matter of just getting that match fitness. ”
“We have still got very three important days ahead of that fixture in terms of preparation so we’ll get a better idea on Friday of where John is. ”
Martinez expects quite a few of his players to return to action such as, Seamus Coleman while Leighton Baines, Tom Cleverley, and Steven Pienaar are projected to return within the next couple weeks due to an increase in their rehabilitation.
These critical recoveries at the opportune times may turn the tide in Everton’s favor. The 7th place-holders are able to jump within the top five if they beat 3rd place Manchester United this weekend.
Expect Everton to come out strong this Saturday at Goodison Park. They’ve seen what Arsenal can do against the Red Devils at Emirates.
Martinez, Stones, and the rest of the Toffees would love to replicate it.