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Arteta set for Everton return

Everton are set to welcome Mikel Arteta back into the first team squad within a month.

The Spanish midfielder has been out of action since February with a ruptured cruciate ligament but Toffees boss David Moyes is confident he will back playing in the reserves in the next few weeks.

"Mikel's doing well and there's a chance that he can join in with the other boys in maybe a week or two, but he will need reserve games before we can call on him."

In more good news for Everton fans, Moyes confirmed that Nigerian striker Yakubu is back playing after a serious achilles injury.

"Yak's been out for nine months and he will have to get a lot of training and a lot of football under his belt before we feel he's ready to start Premier League matches again," he added.

"He played 45 minutes for the reserves again this week but felt his hip and his back tighten up so we had to take him off. We have to understand that he has been out for a long time."

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