Louis Saha is key to Everton FC glory, says Leon Osman

By James Pearce on Feb 27, 09 12:18 PM in Journalists

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LEON OSMAN believes the return of Louis Saha could be crucial to Everton's hopes of glory this season.

The French striker has been dogged by injuries during his first campaign at Goodison but made his comeback as a substitute at Newcastle last weekend.

Saha, who has scored three goals in eight starts for the Blues, hadn't featured since damaging his hamstring at Spurs in November but came through unscathed and is in line to face West Brom tomorrow.

"Louis could be massive for us over the next few months," Osman said.

"He got himself fit earlier in the season and scored some vital goals for us. He was getting into some great form but then he got injured.

"It's been disappointing for us as a team and for himself that he's been missing for so long.

"But it's great to have him back and hopefully he can have the same kind of impact now that he had earlier this season. There's no doubt that he's a class striker."

Osman is facing a race against time to prove his fitness for tomorrow's Goodison clash as he battles to recover from a torn stomach muscle.

However, Steven Pienaar is expected to return from injury, while Tim Cahill and full back Tony Hibbert will be available after suspension.

Skipper Phil Neville and Joleon Lescott will be walking a disciplinary tightrope as the pair are both on four bookings.

Tomorrow is the final occasion they could pick up a fifth and a one-match ban before the FA amnesty kicks in and the slate is effectively wiped clean.

David Moyes may be tempted to take them out of the firing line with the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough looming.

Meanwhile, Russian champions Rubin Kazan plan to up their offer for Pienaar to £6.5million this summer.

They made an approach in January which was rebuffed. Everton insist the bid will be futile.

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