Rom faces fitness battle
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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku faces a fitness battle to return to the Everton team for Saturday's Premier League trip to Bournemouth.
The striker missed Tuesday's EFL Cup defeat by Norwich with a toe injury but manager Ronald Koeman is optimistic he will be fit.
The Dutchman said: "He did training, separate to the group, today and we expect him to train normally tomorrow morning. If that happens then he is fit for the weekend."
Lukaku's importance to the Toffees was demonstrated against the Canaries, with Everton dominating possession and creating a number of good chances but failing to score.
The Belgian has averaged a goal every other game since becoming the club's record signing in the summer of 2014.
He failed to score in the final 10 games of last season in a dreadful run for Everton that cost manager Roberto Martinez his job.
Lukaku also drew a blank in his first two Premier League games under Koeman but has scored four times in the last two matches, and played a significant role in Everton's fine start - they sit second in the table after taking 13 points from a possible 15 ahead of their trip to the south coast.
Koeman said: "Against different systems or different ways of defending, you need to be prepared. But it was not the problem that we did not create opportunities (against Norwich). We did not score the goal.
"The quality players can make a difference in the productivity that we did not have on Tuesday. Before that (we did), and that's important because it's one of the qualities of the players."