James McFadden is ready to hand Everton a boost in their final push for European qualification, having stepped up his rehabilitation by playing a reserve team game in midweek.
The Scotland international had been enjoying one of his more consistent seasons prior to suffering a broken metatarsal, which has prohibited his involvement since 14th January.
McFadden has missed eight matches with the complaint but having scored twice against Newcastle in midweek, he could now be involved in Everton's Good Friday clash with Fulham or Monday's game at Bolton.
Toffees boss David Moyes concedes he was pleased with McFadden's display against Newcastle, but insists he will not rush the 23-year-old back into action before he is ready.
"He did well and we're pleased to see him up and running again because we want to get him back among the squad," Moyes told the club's official website.
"The 90 minutes at Newcastle will have done him the world of good.
"We do not have to put pressure on him to bring him straight back into the starting line-up as we are not desperate at the moment.
"But his versatility means he will be useful as he gives us options up front and on the wing.
"We are delighted he managed to get a full game as his match fitness will not be anywhere near what it should be.
"But we can now start to think about having him around the squad for the big games we have got coming up on Friday and Monday."