Striker Romelu Lukaku returns from a month-long lay-off needing to live up to manager Roberto Martinez's assessment of him.
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Everton Manager Roberto Martinez is confident his team can measure up to the 'exciting challenge' of an on form Chelsea team.
Roberto Martinez expects Saturday's trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to provide a barometer for Everton's top-four hopes.
Martinez views the Toffees as in a four-way battle with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United for fourth place and a spot in next year's Champions League.
Everton have a lot of catching up to do given they are eight points behind their city rivals and five adrift of Tottenham, although they do have a game in hand on both.
Defeat by Spurs in their last Premier League match was particularly costly, with Martinez's side dominating most of the match but losing out to an Emmanuel Adebayor goal.
The Spaniard wants Everton to learn from that against Chelsea, who top the table and have dropped just four points at home all season.
Martinez said: "The game we have at the weekend is going to tell us a lot.
"It's important that as a team we keep working, we keep developing and keep getting stronger, but only when you get in a match against teams that are competing in the Champions League do you get a clear idea how far away you ar
"Stamford Bridge is one of the hardest places to go and get three points, and I think it's going to be a terrific measurement for ourselves after the disappointment that we had at White Hart Lane.
Injuries have also become much less of a problem for Everton, with only long-term absentees Bryan Oviedo, Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson now out of the picture.
Top scorer Romelu Lukaku has recovered from an ankle problem but is ineligible against his parent club on Saturday.
Forward Steven Naismith has been given the all-clear after taking a bang to the head in last weekend's FA Cup win over Swansea while Antolin Alcaraz, who has played only four times this season, is back in contention for a place in the squad.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez identified leadership qualities in Garry Monk by making him his first captain at Swansea so seeing him in the opposing dug-out this weekend comes as no surprise.
Monk, in temporary charge at Swansea following the departure of Michael Laudrup, comes up against his old manager in an FA Cup fifth-round clash at Goodison Park :-
Roberto Martinez visited Everton Park to shed light on Everton Football Club's illustrious heritage.
The tower, which forms the centrepiece of Everton Football Club’s crest, has been permanently turned blue, with the manager himself pressing the switch.
The 235-year-old lock-up, known locally in north Liverpool as PrinceRupert’s Tower, sits on a triangular piece of ground in Everton Park between Netherfield Road South and Everton Brow.
The launch event was also attended by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, and the Friends of Everton Park, and is the culmination of a year-long project to light up the tower and highlight the association between the Club and the community.
Everton host Aston Villa at Goodison Park in the Premier League.
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is likely to be out for "weeks rather than months" with an ankle injury.
Manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed the Belgium international did not sustain a serious injury in the 4-0 defeat in Tuesday night's Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Lukaku was carried off on a stretcher after colliding with team-mate Gareth Barry as they tried to prevent Steven Gerrard scoring the first goal in the 21st minute.
"There is no ligament damage and the injury is not as bad as we first thought," Martinez told evertonfc.com.
"It will be a case of weeks rather than months."
Lukaku has scored nine goals in 20 appearances since joining on loan from Chelsea in the summer.
He joins the likes of Bryan Oviedo (broken leg), Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson (both knee) and Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin (both hamstring) on the injury list.