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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Moyes hopes Donovan will shine during Everton loan

Everton boss David Moyes is looking forward to seeing over the next few weeks if Landon Donovan can reproduce the form that made him so popular during his first spell at Goodison Park.

Donovan is available for selection for tonight's home match against Bolton -- the first time the United States international has been eligible since it was announced in December that he was rejoining the Toffees on a two-month loan deal from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 29-year-old proved a success in a stint in 2010 and says he now feels "more prepared".

Moyes says Donovan has bedded in well on his return to the club, although he has stressed that it is difficult to make any real judgement until he takes to the pitch for a competitive game.



Ground

Asked if he thought Donovan had "hit the ground running" in training, Moyes said: "He looks okay, but how can you tell?

"Even though we have seen some football, we have not seen any games yet. But fitness-wise, he is not someone who carries a lot of weight. He is quite lightweight and he looks okay.

"He came before and did well for us -- scored a couple of goals, played well. We are hoping over his time here he will do that again, but we have to remember it's only a short loan. He has settled in very quickly, so we look forward to getting him in the game and seeing how he does."

Everton and Bolton's players will wear black armbands tonight as a mark of respect to Gary Ablett, who died on Monday aged 46 after a 16-month fight against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and the Merseyside club have confirmed there will also be a period of silence ahead of the FA Cup third-round tie at home against Tamworth on Saturday.

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