Cahill close to Toffees return

Moyes gets set to welcome back goalscoring midfielder

Cahill: Stepping up rehabilitation

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Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is back in full training and targeting a return to first team action.

The influential Australian has not featured for the Toffees since breaking a metatarsal in his left foot against West Ham on 22nd March.

However, the surgeon who operated on the 28-year-old over the summer, has given Cahill the all clear to step up his rehabilitation.

Sunday's trip to Stoke comes too soon for the energetic playmaker, but David Moyes is hoping to welcome the former Millwall man back into the fold before the end of September.

Sharp

"Tim has started training again and we are glad to have him back with us," the Toffees manager told the Liverpool Echo.

"We have missed him a great deal since he has been out. We have followed instructions from his surgeon and the early signs we have seen from Tim are good.

"He looks really sharp and fit and he's obviously looked after himself during the time he was out.

"I don't know when he'll be available again but he's coming along nicely just now. The one thing we won't do, though, is take any risks with him."

Careful

With Everton having made a less than impressive start to the new campaign, Moyes is desperate for the opportunity to include a fully fit Cahill in his side.

"What he does for the team is really important," he added.

"We have missed him since March and though we did okay without him towards the end of last season, of course we needed him.

"I'm sure there will be a mental barrier for him to overcome when he gets back because he has suffered the injury three times.

"But he's had three-and-a-half months since the operation and he is looking better and better. Of course we are going to be careful with him but when he's ready, we will be playing him and we can't wait to get him back."