Roberto Martinez has confirmed James McCarthy will be fully fit and ready for Everton’s upcoming fixture Crystal Palace.

“It is really positive,” Martinez told the ECHO from the team’s training base in the Middle East.

“Sylvain Distin and James McCarthy are really progressing a lot in this warm weather.

“They have both joined the group in training and have come through really well.

“So I see James as fully fit now but we will assess everybody before the Crystal Palace game.

“This week has allowed James to build up his fitness levels and I do expect him to be fully fit and ready for Crystal Palace.”

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