Aussie trains ahead of Reds clash
Everton boss David Moyes has confirmed that midfielder Tim Cahill should be fit to take his place in the starting line-up for Saturday's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
The 32-year-old Australian sustained a shin injury in a tackle with Manchester City's Vincent Kompany last weekend.
The midfielder was considered a major doubt for the clash with city rivals Liverpool but Moyes revealed he had come through a training session on Friday unscathed and looks set to start.
"He's trained today so we hope he will be okay, we will assess him tomorrow but we are hopeful he will be fine," the Scot told Sky Sports News.
"He had lots of bad bruising; it was really bad at the start of the week and he hadn't trained up until yesterday when he did some jogging."
The Toffees chief has also backed Cahill to return to goalscoring form sooner rather than later.
The former Millwall man has yet to hit the back of the bet for the Blues in 2011 but Moyes - who has described Cahill as the best thing to happen at Everton during his time there - is confident it will not be long before he hits the goal trail again.
"He is someone who since he has come to the club has scored important goals, not just in games like this but in other games," added the 48-year-old.
"He is lacking a bit in that department at the moment with his goals but hopefully they are yet to come.
"He has always been very good for us, he epitomises a lot of our spirit and what we are trying to do here and has been excellent for us throughout his time here.
"He has come from the lower leagues, given us confidence to make more signings from that level and not only has that he has become a really important player for us."