Saha close to Everton return
Everton are hoping Louis Saha could return from injury in Sunday's game with Newcastle United.
Last Updated: 17/02/09 5:41pm
Everton are hoping Louis Saha could return from injury in Sunday's Premier League game with Newcastle United.
Saha has not played since the end of November after sustaining a hamstring problem in the 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.
He took part in training on Tuesday and the French striker could be available for the weekend's trip to Newcastle, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1.
"Louis wanted to get back in training," head physio Mick Rathbone told the club's official website. "I thought he came back a couple of days too soon, but we don't mind that.
"He's going to train today so full marks to him."
Meanwhile, midfield trio Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini are all aiming to shake off knocks to be available for the game at St James' Park.
Rathbone added: "Ossie stretched for the ball in training and had a little tear of the stomach muscle. We are pushing him like crazy for the weekend.
"Steven did his hamstring in the game against Liverpool, which was 13 days ago. He's making okay progress. We never rule players out here, but we will see how it goes for the weekend.
"Marouane got injured against Arsenal and didn't report it until after the Man Utd game. He played 50 minutes against Liverpool and did a great job for the team there.
"There's a little tiny crack (in a bone in his back) and it will heal itself, it just takes a bit of time."