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The Belgian midfielder has not played for the Toffees since February because of an ankle injury, but says he is fit enough to be considered after making return in pre-season

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini says he is fit and ready for the start of the Premier League season.

The Belgian international has not played competitively for the club since February because of an ankle injury sustained against Chelsea in their FA Cup replay.

However, the 23-year-old made his comeback against Bury in a pre-season friendly in July and played an hour in the 1-0 home defeat to Villarreal on August 5.

Fellaini told reporters: “It was good for me [to face Villarreal] because I have not played all the games in pre-season. It helped my fitness as it was a hard game against a good team with good players.”

Now the midfield enforcer says he is ready for action and relishing the prospect of playing Tottenham on the opening day of the season.

He continued: “I still need to play more games and I need more training but I will be ready for Tottenham.

 “All the players are excited about playing that first game. We are playing a good team and it is an interesting start to the season. Hopefully we can get a positive result.”

Fellaini was a senior member of the side that played Villarreal, playing alongside the likes of Jack Rodwell and Ross Barkley, and the former Standard Liege man was full of praise for his team-mates.

He continued: “They are younger than me and that has to be good for Everton. Ross is only 17 and it is good for him that he is playing. He still needs to work on his game but he is already a good player.”

Meanwhile, Everton will find out later this week if their scheduled first game with Spurs on Saturday will go ahead as planned, following riots in north London.

Tottenham’s ticket office has been closed since the clashes between rioters and police, and tours of White Hart Lane have been cancelled.