Everton manager Sean Dyche has confirmed that Dominic Calvert-Lewin could feature against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Toffees are looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats to Fulham and Manchester United.
They have won just three of their last 19 Premier League games and are 17th in the table after 31 games.
Only a superior goal difference is keeping Everton above the drop zone and they need a win against Palace.
Calvert-Lewin has not played for the Goodison Park club since February 4 due to a hamstring injury.
However, the England international striker did play 70 minutes during Tuesday’s behind-closed-doors friendly against National League North side Chester.
Everton have struggled in front of goal this term having scored 24 times – the joint-least in the league.
Calvert-Lewin’s expected return is a huge boost, and Dyche will hope he can hit the ground running.
The 26-year-old has played just 12 games across all competitions this term and scored once.
Injuries also restricted the Everton star to 17 league appearances last term, and he could only score five times.
Calvert-Lewin bagged 29 league goals across 2019-20 and 2020-21, and the Toffees could do with that version of him.
They could also be able to call on Amadou Onana for the trip to Selhurst Park.
The Belgium international midfielder missed last Saturday’s 3-1 loss against Fulham through injury.
Onana has returned to training and will be assessed in the coming hours.
Seamus Coleman and Ruben Vinagre are both unavailable, while Abdoulaye Doucoure will serve the final game of his three-match suspension after being sent off against Tottenham Hotspur.