James Tarkowski has recovered from an injury he suffered against Sporting Lisbon.

That’s according to El Bobble, who has claimed that the defender is back in training ahead of Everton’s opening day clash with Fulham this weekend.

Tarkowski was named captain once again as the Toffees narrowly beat Sporting on Saturday afternoon, with the defender looking set to retain his place in their first match of the Premier League campaign.

However, Tarkowski was forced off and replaced by Michael Keane with only a few minutes of the second half left.

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Sean Dyche admitted he was hopeful the 30-year-old’s defender was ‘just a knock’, with Tarkowski now returning to the grass only a few days later.

The former Burnley man was handed the captain’s armband following the long-term injury to Seamus Coleman in May and is expected to play a key role as Everton kick off another season in the top flight.

It’s unclear who will line up alongside Tarkowski, with both Ben Godfrey and Keane getting opportunities to impress in their last couple of pre-season games. Meanwhile, Jarrad Branthwaite looks set for a place on the bench despite his heroics with PSV.

Arnaut Danjuma to join Tarkowski in injury comeback

Arnaut Danjuma missed out on the win over Sporting Lisbon following his absence from training on Friday.

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It is expected that the Dutchman has also suffered a knock, with Sean Dyche confirming that he would be back on the grass this week.

With the Everton boss also confirming that Dwight McNeil was ‘facing a little period out’, it looks likely that Danjuma could be handed his first competitive start for the club if he is fully fit.

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