Everton boss David Moyes has stressed that the club will not rush Louis Saha back to first-team action.
The former Manchester United striker has not featured for the Toffees since November after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Moyes had hinted that Saha could make his comeback against Newcastle United on Sunday, but the Scot is wary of putting the Frenchman at unnecessary risk.
He told the club's official website: "Louis has got great ability and that has been there for everyone to see when he has played.
"We have done well during the period that he has been out but there is no doubt you miss having somebody who is a natural finisher to call upon.
"It will be great to have him back again but I don't know whether it will be this weekend.
"It might be another few weeks before he is really ready to go again and we won't rush him."