Everton duo Darron Gibson and Aroune Kone may both return from injury to feature in the Toffees' match against West Ham this weekend.
Midfielder Gibson has not featured all season due to a knee injury picked up in a pre-season game with Real Betis.
Ivorian striker Kone missed out on Everton's 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the weekend after bruising his heel.
However, Gibson is reportedly progressing rapidly in his recovery and Kone may well be in the running for a place in the squad for the visit to Upton Park on Saturday.
And new Everton boss Roberto Martinez commented on the importance of getting the two players back and playing as his side look to preserve their unbeaten record so far in the league.
"Arouna should have a very good opportunity to be involved on Saturday," he told the Liverpool Echo. "He has still got a bit of bruising in his bone - he got a knock in training - but we hope over the next 48 hours he will be available to be with the side.
"We need Darron fit too. Darron is a special player and he brings something different to the side.
"He is progressing really well. I would say that from a medical point of view, he is very close to being fit. Now it's the match fitness he needs to get.
"That could take a bit of time and we need to adapt to how the knee reacts to work. But we are really happy to see him ready and really close to being able to be involved and be in the squad."
If Gibson does not turn out against the Hammers he will have another opportunity to get in some match action when Everton take on Fulham in the Capital One Cup next Tuesday.
Martinez also commented on the fitness of summer signing Antolin Alcaraz who has yet to make his debut for the club after undergoing surgery on a groin problem.
“After the surgery Antolin had in his groin, now he is still recovering," the former Wigan boss added. “We need to make sure that we get him the right program and the medical department is working really well with Antolin.
“We need to help him to get through this period. We hope that he is going to be fully fit very soon.”
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