Everton boss David Moyes is relishing the prospect of being able to call on Tim Cahill again following the midfielder's return to training.
Cahill is not yet ready to return to first-team action following his latest lay-off with a metatarsal injury, but Moyes has enjoyed seeing the Australia international back on the training ground again.
The 29-year-old missed the final two months of the last campaign after being suffering the injury back in March.
"Tim has started training again and we are glad to have him back with us," Moyes told the club's official website.
"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.
"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."