Everton boss Ronald Koeman insists Romelu Lukaku was injured against Tottenham as rumours of a return to Chelsea mount.
The Toffees were without their top-scorer from last season after he injured his heel a week earlier in a friendly and has been linked with a big-money move to Stamford Bridge.
However Koeman emphasised after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham that Lukaku had missed out due to injury and indicated a return to the team was on the cards for next Saturday’s trip to West Brom.
“If he is fit then he will start. That was not an issue today, he was not fit enough,” Koeman said. “Next week? Yes, normally he would be fit for that.”
However before the clash with the Baggies, Chelsea are expected to make another attempt to sign Lukaku, after reports claimed a £42million bid was rejected last week.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is planning a £140million spending spree with Lukaku, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and 19-year-old Santos midfielder Thiago Maia the targets.