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Forward fit for Everton

Last Updated: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:13
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Everton have been boosted by the news that Steven Naismith has recovered from concussion and will make the trip to Chelsea on Saturday.

The Scot was substituted in Sunday's FA Cup victory over Swansea after being pole axed but he has managed to shake off the problem and boss Roberto Martinez will have him available for the vital trip to Stamford Bridge.

Everton sit eight points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and cannot afford to drop further away from the Champions League places so they need a result at the league leaders and the availability of Naismith will be a plus.

Martinez said: "Stevie has reacted really well. It was a little bit of a concern straight away when he had that delayed concussion.

"Two hours after the game he was fine but for the next 24 hours it's then important you're in observation and we're checking all the signs are right.

"We've done that and Stevie is perfectly well.

"Over the next three or four days we're going to keep an eye on how he is recovering but I would say that Stevie will be fully fit because he's ready now to get back to work as normal."

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