Anichebe return delights Moyes

Published Nov. 26, 2010 1:16 p.m. ET

The 22-year-old is back in contention for the first time this season after overcoming a knee injury - the latest in a series of problems - suffered during the summer. Anichebe scored for the reserves in the 'mini derby' against Liverpool in midweek and could now feature as West Brom visit Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday. His availability increases Moyes' options as he looks to remedy the problem of the Toffees' misfiring front line. Only two of Everton's goals - one each from Ayegbeni Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford - have come from strikers in 14 league games this term. Moyes said: "Victor got a game in the reserves, which was good. "It's good to get him back in the fold, he is an important player for us. "If we can get him back fit he can do a job for us. "He has not played much football recently but he gives us other options we have not had. "He did really well in pre-season and he was going to give us something different to have around the team." Everton supporters have seen little of the Nigerian-born academy product over the last two years. Prior to this season Anichebe was out for 11 months after suffering knee injury in February 2009 and then had another spell out towards the end of last term with a rib problem. Moyes added: "He has been in and around the team for four or five years so he is not really a young lad. "The frustration will come from his injuries and, in truth, he's been injured for the best part of two years now. "He came into the team last year and had a good spell. We hope when he comes in he is ready to do well again."