Arteta sure comeback date is close

BY foxsports • January 19, 2010

Everton playmaker Mikel Arteta believes he is close to making his first-team comeback after 11 months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

The 27-year-old Spaniard was carried off in the 0-0 draw at Newcastle in late February last year and has endured a long rehabilitation period but finally feels the end is in sight.

"I have been doing nearly everything in training with the lads over the last week and I am hoping to start doing contact work this coming week," he said.

"After that, whenever the manager says Mikky you are ready - I am there!"

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