David Moyes will not take any risks with Tim Cahill following the Everton midfielder's return to action.
The Australian scored in the Uefa Cup victory over Larissa on Thursday and is set to make his first Premier League start since suffering a metatarsal injury in March when Everton face Derby this weekend.
Cahill did play for his country in the Asian Cup over the summer before suffering an injury setback in pre-season, and Moyes believes he must be more cautious this time around.
Moyes accepts that it is his responsibility to nurse Cahill back to full fitness, but is happy to have the player available again after almost eight months out.
"He's been missing since the middle of last season when he got injured at Sheffield United," the Everton boss told Sky Sports News.
"He got himself fit and ready to play for Australia and maybe in hindsight that was the wrong decision, he maybe needed to wait a little bit longer.
"Nevertheless he did play and he got injured half an hour into his first game back for us, against Werder Bremen in pre-season.
"He's desperate to get back into it but we have to be careful with him. He's just back from an injury and we just need to nurse him a long a little bit right now."