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Everton injury boost before Hammers

Everton boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed that three first-team stars have returned to training ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Hammers.

The international break is over and the Premier League will resume this weekend, with the Hammers taking on the Toffees at Goodison Park.

The game will kick off at 2pm on Sunday and Benitez has revealed that he has been boosted by the return of three players ahead of the fixture.

Left-back Lucas Digne is fit after collecting an injury while on France duty, while right-back Seamus Coleman is also fit to play after shaking off his own injury issue.

In addition to the two defenders, Alex Iwobi is also fit, although there remain doubts over two of Everton’s biggest strike talents, in Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, meaning Salomon Rondon is likely to play.

Speaking to the club’s official website before this weekend’s game, Benitez said: “The international break is an opportunity to bring back players.

“Alex Iwobi was training and [so were] Digne and Coleman – that is good news for us – they have started training with the team.

“The others are improving and we will see in the week how they are.

“Lucas had an issue and for two or three days was under treatment but he has started training.

“Fingers crossed [for Yerry Mina], hopefully everything will be fine in the last game, then we will see [if he is ready for West Ham].

“Every day when they [Godfrey and Rondon] train, they are improving. Salomon is scoring goals in the training sessions and Ben is defending really well.

“This time will benefit everyone but especially these players who were not fully fit.”

Everton have been in fine form this season and are currently fifth in the Premier League table, winning four, drawing two and losing one of their first seven games.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

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