Pienaar playing through pain

Everton midfielder will battle on in relegation scrap

Pienaar: Knee pain

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Steven Pienaar is prepared to play through the pain barrier as he looks to help Everton salvage their season.

The South Africa international has only just returned to action after suffering a knee injury in the victory over Portsmouth at the end of September.

He made his comeback in the defeat at Hull City last Wednesday and was again in action in the Merseyside derby defeat by Liverpool at Goodison Park.

The back-to-back defeats have left David Moyes' men 16th in the Premier League table, perilously placed just three points above the drop zone.

Prepared

Pienaar will ignore the nagging discomfort from his knee in a bid to help the Toffees pull away from the bottom three.

He admitted: "I still feel a bit of pain, but I've got to get used to it, because it's going to be there for a while - I just have to keep on playing because it's important if I want to stay fit.

"I've missed 10 games already with injury, so it doesn't matter how many games I play in a week as long as my body can take it - I want to play now, and I'm prepared for it.

"I have a lot of aches and I still have pain, but you just have to be mentally strong, express yourself and get on with it."