Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta took another step towards full fitness after featuring in a friendly against Bohemians on Monday evening.
Arteta has been sidelined with a foot injury during pre-season and the Spaniard was named in the starting line-up to face Bohemians.
He played 68 minutes of the 1-1 draw as he continued his comeback and assistant manager Steve Round was satisfied with the work-out.
Round said: "He has taken another step closer to being fully fit.
"He has missed most of pre-season with a foot injury and now he has got those minutes under his belt, which is important.
"The game got Marouane Fellaini, Mikel, Jack Rodwell and Tony Hibbert more minutes and they need that having missed bits and bobs during the summer."
The friendly was hastily arranged after Everton's opening match of the Premier League season against Tottenham was postponed in the aftermath of the riots in London.
"It was very important. We needed a game and we needed a competitive game," added Round on evertontv.
"The League of Ireland is a good standard and it got one or two players that extra bit of playing time.
"We are a little bit disappointed that we didn't turn the domination of possession into goals but I am sure that will come."