Ramiro Funes Mori has urged Sam Allardyce to reintroduce him to the first-team fold against Brighton this weekend.

Having spent almost a year out with a serious knee injury, the Argentina international is desperate to get back out on the pitch for Everton, and has told Allardyce that he is ready.

The 26-year old central defender played the full 90 minutes in an Under-23s game at Goodison Park on Monday night, and although he is happy to be back out on the pitch, he is chomping at the bit to graduate from David Unsworth’s youth team to Allardyce’s senior side. Talking about Allardyce, Funes Mori said;

He knows.

I’ve been training well in Dubai and these past weeks so I want to be in the team, I want to be part of it and, of course, it was good to play at Goodison and feel the stadium again. Hopefully I can play this weekend.

Monday was a good game to play in because I needed the rhythm and tempo of the game.

And even though it was an Under-23s game and the intensity is a lot lower it is still good to get 90 minutes.

I’m ready to play for the first-team.

The Toffees defender sustained his knee injury whilst on international duty last March and required two operations.

Funes Mori went under the knife for a second time in Barcelona and admits the first few months were the darkest. He continued;

It’s been tough, it’s a serious injury and so I am enjoying this moment.

I’ve been through that now and I am feeling good, I’m feeling sharp and better everyday and I am 100% fit to play.