Everton have received a huge boost ahead of the Merseyside derby with the news that Tim Cahill could feature.
The midfielder returned to training this week after three months out with a metatarsal injury suffered in pre-season.
Cahill had set his sights on facing Liverpool having enjoyed previous encounters with The Reds, scoring three goals in six derby clashes.
Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed the Australian is in contention to play a part at Goodison Park on Saturday.
"Tim started training on Monday and we are pleased to have him back," Moyes told the Liverpool Echo. "There is no doubt we have missed him since he's been out.
"He is a goalscoring central midfielder with drive and when you look at the goals he has scored for Everton in the past three years, he has been a big part of our success."
Thomas Gravesen is recovering well from a knee injury and there is a possibility he could join Cahill in the squad.
"Tommy has done a bit of training and we will keep monitoring him," Moyes said. "We have had to limit his involvement, but he is doing better."
Meanwhile, striker Andy Johnson is expected to be back in action in around two weeks' time after successful ankle surgery.
Moyes added: "AJ came back in on Monday and it is good to see him walking about.
"As long as the scans come back okay, he'll be able to step things up a little bit and we are positive that it won't be too long before he is back."