Premier League: Gerard Deulofeu ready to make Everton return
Roberto Martinez is delighted to have Gerard Deulofeu back at his disposal and expects big things from the youngster.
Last Updated: 05/02/14 3:26pm
Everton's teenage loan star has spent the best part of two months on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.
The Barcelona starlet is, however, ready to come back into contention, ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur, and Martinez is looking forward to unleashing a 'refreshed' Deulofeu on Premier League opposition.
Martinez, who also expects Seamus Coleman to come back into his plans this weekend, told the Liverpool Echo: "He'll definitely come back stronger. He's excited about playing. He's been suffering away from Finch Farm watching the games.
"I can guarantee the fans they will see a very different Gerard Deulofeu and someone who is ready to be very important.
"He travelled over to watch the team in action in a couple of games, and he just really wants to help now.
"When you're a young man it's even harder being out injured and I can't wait to see him helping the team again.
"Gerard already has an incredible experience under his belt. He's come back completely refreshed and desperate to play for Everton.
"The good thing is now he comes back to an environment he knows well. In the summer he came into a club with only an idea of what he might find, but it surpassed his expectations.
"The fans welcomed him and they were delighted in the manner he performs and brings something unique."
On Coleman, Martinez added: "Seamus is fully fit from a medical point of view and although he was on the bench on Saturday it was too much of a risk to bring him on."
Everton fans are yet to see Ivory Coast international Lacina Traore take to the field for the club after arriving on loan from Monaco in January.
Martinez was at pains to stress the towering 6ft 8in striker, who arrived at Goodison Park nursing a hamstring injury of his own, would not be rushed back into action.
"We will take our time with Lacina to make sure he is fully fit," he said.