Date: 5th September 2014 at 5:06pm
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Head coach Alan Irvine has said he’s very hopeful that Graham Dorrans and Ben Foster will be fit to return when we face Everton on September 13.

Dorrans returned to the training ground yesterday having left the Scottish camp after ‘irritating’ his heel whilst training with them ahead of their game against Germany.

Foster also picked up a thumb injury whilst training with the England lads and he has also returned to us, but Irvine feels simple rest will do both players the world of good.

Speaking to having assessed both players, Irvine explained that he was hopeful on both players, but Dorrans is definitely the more likely.

‘Graham is hoping that three or four days off it and it will settle down. There’s not really an awful lot you can do to treat it because of what it is and where it is. It’s a bruise but it’s not like a bruise somewhere you don’t notice unless it gets hit, it’s a bruise you notice every time you take a step.’

Irvine goes on to say that to be honest he’d be very surprised if it hadn’t gone down and disappeared by the time Everton rolls round, as he fully expects it to settle down sooner rather than later, and he’s hopeful he’ll be back in training by early next week.

As for Foster, he is more cautious but optimism still reigns, but in terms of him making Everton more will be known next week.

‘We are assessing Ben. We don’t feel there’s a need to do anything drastic at this moment. We are hoping that when he’s assess again on Monday he will be fine. There isn’t a lot of swelling, there isn’t a lot of bleeding, we don’t believe it’s a major injury or problem.’

Irvine explains that in basic, he just jarred his thumb as he went to catch the ball and although he got it with his left hand, it bounce off and ‘hit down the top of his thumb’ and no goalkeeper wants that.

Whilst he remains hopeful he’ll be fine, if he has to miss the Everton game then up steps Boaz Myhill and he’s perfectly happy with that.

‘Boaz is a Premier League goalkeeper, he has proven that many times. He stood in for Ben last year and did extremely well. I’m comfortable with him and we are lucky to have the two of them.’

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