Everton’s Louis Saha says he is on the comeback trail from his latest injury and is playing a part in the Toffees’ pre-season training camp in Austria.
The Frenchman injured his ankle in March and missed the remainder of the 2010-11 Premier League campaign but is now back doing conditioning work with the rest of the squad.
While the former Manchester United and Fulham striker is only running and cycling at present, he hopes to be available for Everton’s pre-season games.
Indeed, Saha says his injury came at the best possible time as it will allow him to build his fitness up at the same pace as the other players.
“It is perfect coming back from an injury at this time because you can get the same workout as the rest of the boys. That is what gives you the strength and fitness you need to sustain your level in the season,” he commented.
Everton do not appear to be in a position to compete with the teams looking to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League.
However, Toffees fans will be hopeful that a good start to the campaign will see them push on and challenge the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa for a place in the Europa League.
Should Saha return to full fitness and show the sort of form he displayed during Everton’s 2009-10 campaign, when he scored 13 league goals, then the Toffees would be good bets to come out on top of this mini-league.
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Whatever the new season brings, Saha believes the Everton players will be ready to do battle.
“Pre-season here is harder than anywhere else I have been but it is not just about having the level where you are ready to play, it is about having the level where you can fight for the team,” he explained.
“The manager wants to see that and is always testing the players’ ability.”
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