The 25-year-old has been out of action recovering from ligament damage ever since he was forced out of the goalless draw at White Hart Lane following a heavy challenge by Eric Dier.
He seemed to be on the cusp of returning to the side last month when he played in for Everton's U21s alongside Steven Pienaar but he has been absent from the squad in the interim after picking up an unrelated niggle in training.
“The last few months have been massively frustrating,” Cleverley told evertonfc.com. “I don’t think any player wants to get injured but when you are settling in at a new club and finding your feet pretty quickly – which I thought I was – then it is even more so.
“You have just got to back yourself to come back from it, work as hard as ever, and hope that, when I do get back into the team, it feels like I have never been away.
“Whenever you have a long-term injury, you are susceptible to a couple of hiccups. I just had a little one with my groin in a training session, but you have got to expect these things. It is hard coming back from a long lay-off.
“But I am as fit as ever now and raring to go.”
That could put him in line to face Aston Villa on Saturday, the team he played for on loan last season as he wound down his contract with Manchester United.
It remains to be seen whether he will walk straight into the starting XI but his availability will give Roberto Martinez additional options as he aims for a second successive home victory when the Villains come to Goodison.
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1 Posted 18/11/2015 at 21:25:25
2 Posted 18/11/2015 at 21:27:26
3 Posted 18/11/2015 at 21:50:50
4 Posted 18/11/2015 at 21:52:46
I however would like to see him tried in McCarthy's position, especially in home games when we should be going for the jugular. He's a much more dynamic player than McCarthy, poses a much more attacking threat, and might create a bit of space for Barkley to burst into. All in all, glad to have him back. COYB
5 Posted 18/11/2015 at 22:33:34
6 Posted 18/11/2015 at 22:38:35
He gives us another option. Surely he needs to play in the middle though? Gerard, Kone, Super Kev and Lennon are all good options in the wide areas.
7 Posted 18/11/2015 at 22:50:41
8 Posted 18/11/2015 at 23:08:20
Cleverley was doing so well before that awful Dier scissor tackle, which ironically, was similar to McCarthy's dreadful one on Payet.
Let's hope that we don't incur any more injuries, as we are papering over the cracks in some departments.
If we were to lose Rom, I fear that we would really struggle.
9 Posted 18/11/2015 at 23:49:13
10 Posted 18/11/2015 at 23:59:20
11 Posted 19/11/2015 at 00:04:48
12 Posted 19/11/2015 at 00:17:38
I think RM missed a trick there, the armband should have gone to Stones. Might make him think about withdrawing his transfer request.
13 Posted 19/11/2015 at 00:25:07
15 Posted 19/11/2015 at 07:03:31
It might change when Jags comes back, but until then, RM will use Barry and McCarthy as cover for the CBs. Martinez is comfortable with the the status quo, so he won't change things up.
16 Posted 19/11/2015 at 09:17:36
Let's really go for the opposition! We're Everton, NOT Stoke!
17 Posted 19/11/2015 at 09:30:28
18 Posted 19/11/2015 at 09:48:01
19 Posted 19/11/2015 at 10:05:16
20 Posted 19/11/2015 at 11:36:27
21 Posted 19/11/2015 at 12:36:10
Coleman Stones Funes Mori Galloway
Deulofeu Barkley Mirallas
22 Posted 19/11/2015 at 12:36:23
Bringing him back gradually would be the best approach.
23 Posted 19/11/2015 at 14:00:03
Another incident when Everton were comprehensively beaten, because of players' lack of sleep after returning from an international jaunt, cannot be tolerated.
24 Posted 19/11/2015 at 14:17:02
I daresay that at some point in the run up to the busy Xmas period he will have to give players a rest. Certainly Lukaku has played in all our competitive games this season; at some point he will need to be rested.
25 Posted 19/11/2015 at 19:08:51
26 Posted 19/11/2015 at 19:20:44
How about just one player in midfield who can pass a ball, has pace and awareness and can get in front of the forwards and score goals?
27 Posted 19/11/2015 at 19:40:55
He can pick a pass make great runs and tackle, at 25 it was a superb bit of business by Martinez.
I also think he will become the first midfield pick as the Barry - McCarthy axis may well be under threat very soon. Barry has been excellent but can you really see him lasting the whole season?
I also hope that Besic can play that defensive role when he sorts out the timing of his tackles. The midfield is starting to look very strong.
28 Posted 20/11/2015 at 01:27:03
Barkley, Kone, Deulofeu, Barry, Lukaku and Cleverley (first game back from injury), can anyone tell me who is going to be closing down in the midfield??
Deulofeu and Kone do a job wide, Lukaku is the striker, Barkley doesn't do chasing back, Cleverley is just back off a long-term injury and unfortunately Barry runs like a pensioner. It would become irrelevant that Barry could pass as we wouldn't be able to win the ball in the first place.
29 Posted 20/11/2015 at 10:10:01
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