Roberto Martinez told the media earlier today that he expects Mirallas, who has recovered from an ankle knock sustained against Watford last Saturday, to join in with the squad at Finch Farm today along with McGeady.
The Irishman has been sidelined throughout pre-season by a hamstring injury dating back to last season which was also affected for him personally by a back complaint.
Besic and Deulofeu, meanwhile – both coming back from hamstring strains – resumed full training on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
While it's unlikely that all four players will be involved in Saturday's game against Southampton at the St Mary's Stadium, Martinez is pleased that all four will be in contention and he mentioned that things were looking good for Mirallas just days after he suffered a badly bruised ankle from a poor challenge by the Hornets' Valon Behrami.
"Kevin has reacted really, really well," the manager said this morning. "He was very fortunate because it was a very bad challenge that in any other situation, if Kevin was a little bit unfit or catching up a little bit in terms of his fitness, he would have ended up with a broken leg.
"But he's reacted really well, I expect him to train today and we're quite positive with Kevin about the weekend.
"Gerard Deulofeu trained really well yesterday and I expect him to join the group as well, I expect Aiden McGeady to join the group today and Muhamed Besic trained really well on Tuesday."
Deulofeu raring to go
Deulofeu, himself, says he can't wait to get onto the pitch in an Everton jersey again after being made to wait to make his much-anticipated return for the Blues since signing on a permanent basis last month.
The Spaniard suffered a minor hamstring injury in the Asia Trophy match against Arsenal but could see action against the Saints as Everton go in search of a morale-boosting first win of the new season.
“Wednesday was my first full training session and the idea is I will train again on Thursday and Friday, hopefully for selection on Saturday,” Deulofeu said.
“It was bad news, the injury, but it was better to happen in pre-season rather than in the full season.
“I might only miss one match, where if it had happened in mid-season I would have missed a lot of football. I can’t wait to get out there now.”
Baines to undergo further assessment
Meanwhile, the club's medical staff will further assess Leighton Baines's ankle today with further scans that will hopefully allow them to make a full diagnosis of the problem and decide whether or not the fullback will require further surgery.
The England international underwent an operation in May in an attempt to rectify a long-standing complaint but while he returned to action in pre-season, he broke down in training last week, just two days before the start of the new Premier League campaign.
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1 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:05:50
Pity as I think soaking up pressure and counterattacking is our best shot against Southampton.
2 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:08:33
I'd like to see Gibson get fit. And stay fit. He is no world beater, but Everton seem to play better when he is in the team. And as Martinez has not targeted a midfield general, Gibson is the best we have.
Oh the joys of being a blue.
3 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:18:51
Barkley Barry McCarthy Cleverley
Galloway Stones Jagielka Coleman
Keep Mirallas, Deulofeu, Oviedo etc to come in for the last 10-15 minutes to give Southampton something else to think about.
5 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:33:54
6 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:37:00
8 Posted 13/08/2015 at 17:17:23
9 Posted 13/08/2015 at 17:48:12
He's no malingerer and has had a remarkable record of games played throughout his senior career. Maybe it's just "superstition" on my part (even though I'm not superstitious at all) but when a senior member of our squad picks up a "time out" injury and then it quickly returns, well I just get a very uncomfortable feeling.
Let's hope that I'm entirely wrong.
10 Posted 13/08/2015 at 17:49:20
11 Posted 13/08/2015 at 17:49:44
Possibly lose Barry for this one and have younger legs out there then use Barry later on when we need a good head of experience.
12 Posted 13/08/2015 at 17:54:50
13 Posted 13/08/2015 at 17:57:45
14 Posted 13/08/2015 at 18:01:31
15 Posted 13/08/2015 at 18:07:43
Mate, I sincerely hope that you are " the only one that thinks McGeady is worth a try in the no 10 role". Unless of course those with such beliefs have a strong intention to purchase him for their club.
I wasn't a fan of his long long before we secured him, and my opinion has been powerfully reinforced since he joined us.
16 Posted 13/08/2015 at 20:19:34
He crosses the ball ok, but his passing is poor. He's not a number 10 I'm afraid. IMO of course.
17 Posted 13/08/2015 at 20:28:18
18 Posted 13/08/2015 at 21:10:17
I would love to see Seamus and Kevin in one side, and
Bainsey and Gerry on the other. It would scare opposition fullbacks shitless.
19 Posted 13/08/2015 at 21:17:41
He's a big miss for us, and it feels like a long term injury to me!
20 Posted 13/08/2015 at 21:25:35
21 Posted 13/08/2015 at 21:27:39
Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway
Mirallas, Barkley, Deulofeu
22 Posted 13/08/2015 at 22:01:51
23 Posted 13/08/2015 at 22:19:02
24 Posted 13/08/2015 at 22:37:33
25 Posted 13/08/2015 at 22:57:35
28 Posted 14/08/2015 at 02:41:27
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