Everton and manager Marco Silva have been given a huge boost with midfielder James McCarthy set to return to action next month following a leg break suffered against West Brom in January.
The Republic of Ireland international will now be hoping to feature in some of Everton’s October fixtures as well as his nation’s games against Wales and Denmark in the same month.
However, at Everton, McCarthy faces a difficult task of getting into the team and tying down a regular starting XI spot for the season.
Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin have both started the new campaign well, while Silva also has Andre Gomes to call upon once he returns to full fitness with the Portuguese playmaker yet to feature for Everton since his arrival on loan from Barcelona in the summer.
The above, however, by no means suggests McCarthy cannot be a useful asset for Silva.
In the middle of the park, McCarthy provides a tenacity that the Everton faithful adore, as well as the willingness to get stuck in, albeit sometimes recklessly.
With that in mind, once he is fully up to speed, McCarthy is a player who could definitely have a role to play at Goodison Park this season.
That role, though, is likely to be a peripheral one when looking at the midfield options Everton currently have at their disposal.