Sep 152014

Roberto Martinez says Samuel Eto’o and Sylvain Distin will be fit for Everton’s return to Europe this week.

And the Blues boss insists they have the strength in depth to cope with the extra demands of the Europa League.

Everton face four games between now and the end of the month.

Long-term absentees Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo continued their progress towards a return by featuring for the under-21s against Chelsea yesterday while Tony Hibbert is expected to return in time for next week’s League Cup tie at Swansea City.

Eto’o (groin) and Distin (dead leg) missed the win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday but Martinez is confident they will be passed fit for Thursday’s opening Group H clash at home to German outfit Wolfsburg.

He said: “Samuel Eto’o and Sylvain Distin will be back for Thursday plus the 18 players we had on Saturday plus Tyais Browning.”

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