Seamus Coleman has stepped up his injury rehabilitation.
The Everton defender suffered a horrific leg break while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in March.
There were fears he would miss the entire 2017/18 season but Coleman hopes to be back before the end of the year.
Coleman completed his first outdoor session at the club’s USM Finch Farm training ground on Friday.
Coleman went through running exercises with medical staff as his teammates prepared for their opener with Stoke.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has a number of long-term absentees for that one, with Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori both sidelined.
Ross Barkley, whose Everton future remains unclear, will also miss the clash as will James McCarthy.
Barkley has refused to sign a new deal but Koeman has conceded he could stay at the club as no offers have come in.
“If there’s no interest he will be part of the team,” said Koeman.
“He is training with Everton, he is part of the team and training in a good way.”