Squad excites Moyes

Toffees boss delighted with depth

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Everton boss David Moyes believes his squad will continue to improve as more of the big names return from injury.

The Toffees were boosted by the return of Tim Cahill last week following his lengthy period on the sidelines with a metatarsal injury.

Cahill marked his return with a goal against Larissa in the Uefa Cup, and then battled hard in the weekend's convincing 2-0 win over Derby.

Striker Andy Johnson is now closing in on his recovery from an ankle problem, and should be available in around a fortnight.

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Moyes has spoken of his delight at the way his squad is now coming back together, and he has backed his men to continue their improved form.

"It was important we got back in the right half of the league because we've had to hang in there a little bit. We've been waiting on a number of players coming back from injury," he said.

"But there have certainly been signs in the last few weeks that we've been coming back into form and people are beginning to regain a bit of confidence, and I think that's partly due to the boys coming back from injury.

"Andrew Johnson is probably only two weeks away now so we are very close to having a full squad to put forward which will give us more options."