Tim Cahill's recovery from metatarsal surgery remains on schedule as he bids to make pre-season training.
The Everton midfielder was ruled out of the Toffees' end of season run-in after going under the knife in an attempt to resolve a persistent problem.
He is currently recovering back in his native Australia but remains optimistic that he will be back on Merseyside by July.
Everton's head physio Mick Rathbone recently paid a visit to Cahill to check on his progress, and was pleased by what he saw.
"I went to Sydney last Monday and saw Tim and we had a meeting with the specialists," he said.
"We had some new X-rays done and I met with the Australian medical team who are looking after him for a couple of weeks.
"The facilities are fantastic, and I was very impressed with the surgeon."
Having now returned to Goodison Park, Rathbone is also of the opinion that the Australian international will be back with the Toffees in time to take part in their 2008/09 preparations.
"Things seem to be going very well," he added.
"We discussed the rehab and he gets another X-ray in three weeks, and we will re-evaluate from there."
Another injury-plagued Toffee hoping to return to the fold in the near future is teenage striker James Vaughan.
The youngster has been out since March with a knee problem, but after visiting specialist surgeon Richard Steadman in America he too expects to be back in time for pre-season.
"The knee feels good," he said.
"It is a slow rehab but everything is going to plan so far so I should be back for next season.
"Hopefully I can join in pre-season training. By the start of that, I hope to be doing some jogging and running and by the end I may get in a few games."