Martinez: Deulofeu relishing Everton return

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that Gerard Deulofeu cannot wait to get back playing for the Toffees, Sky Sports has reported.

The winger, on loan from Barcelona, was injured in mid-December and has spent time in Spain to help recover from the hamstring problem.

Martinez believes that the 19-year-old will be stronger for the absence and predicted a change in Deulofeu that will be immediately recognisable.

“He’ll definitely come back stronger. He’s excited about playing,” Martinez said. “He’s been suffering away from Finch Farm watching the games.

“I can guarantee the fans they will see a very different Gerard Deulofeu and someone who is ready to be very important. He travelled over to watch the team in action in a couple of games, and he just really wants to help now.”

Martinez continued: “When you’re a young man it’s even harder being out injured and I can’t wait to see him helping the team again. Gerard already has an incredible experience under his belt. He’s come back completely refreshed and desperate to play for Everton.

“The good thing is now he comes back to an environment he knows well. In the summer he came into a club with only an idea of what he might find, but it surpassed his expectations. The fans welcomed him and they were delighted in the manner he performs and brings something unique.”

Deulofeu, who has scored three goals in his 14 Everton appearances so far, is likely to be joined in returning by Seamus Coleman, the Republic of Ireland international right-back who has missed Everton’s last three games.

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