Roy Hodgson is left waiting to find out whether he will have Ruben Loftus-Cheek available this weekend against Everton but was pleased to announce at his pre-match press conference that Christian Benteke is ready to return to action.
Loftus-Cheek had to leave the field after just 30 minutes of his second full England appearance against Germany on Tuesday night with an injury to the lower back but the manager is still waiting to see if he will be available to return to Premier League action.
“We are assessing Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has a back spasm, but he hasn’t trained today and we probably won’t know until tomorrow or even on Saturday.”
Benteke has been missing from the line-up since he came off injured during the away match at Manchester City but has worked hard to get back to full fitness.
“Christian Benteke has trained all week which is very positive but Patrick Van Aanholt is still suffering from his hamstring strain," said Hodgson as he prepared for the visit of Everton.
“We hope Christian can play a big part for us now going forward but it must be remembered he hasn’t played for seven weeks but it’s good because he is physically fit to play and I certainly don’t see it as a risk playing him. He has worked very hard to get himself 100% fit and has had a number of training sessions this week.”