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Fellaini targets summer return

Fellaini celebrates his 85th minute equaliser at the Stadium of Light
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Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is targeting a return to first-team action at the start of next season.

Belgian gunning for Europe upon return

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is targeting a return to first-team action at the start of next season. The influential Belgian has been out of David Moyes' side since the February loss to Liverpool at Anfield following a clash with Sotirios Krygiakos. The tangle left the 22-year-old requiring ankle surgery to correct the problem and he has since spent time in his homeland to recuperate. But Fellaini has now returned to the club's Finch Farm training ground to undergo a rehabilitation period that he hopes will have him ready for the beginning of the 2010/11 campaign.

Much better

The former Standard Liege player said: "I am much better now, I have been at training for two weeks. "The first and second months were difficult because I had my operation but now it is good. "I hope to be ready for the start of next season. I will start back in July or August." The injury brought to an abrupt end what had been a good season for Fellaini, who had been one of the Toffees' more consistent performers in a sticky start to the campaign. Moyes' team had been languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League before a barnstorming run after Christmas has incurred just two defeats. It put the Merseysiders on course for an unlikely spot in the European places, only for a 0-0 draw against Stoke to limit them to an eighth-place finish. And the combative midfielder was philosophical about missing out on continental football, saying his team would attempt to make the grade next season instead. "That is football," he added. "We did not have a good start to the season but I hope next season will be better and it will be possible. "I don't know if I was having a great season because I played only six months. I played well but it was not for all the season."

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