Everton star ready to face QPR

Arteta has been out of action due to a foot injury that he sustained during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

“It’s good to be back. I nearly broke my foot in a tackle in America,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Thankfully it wasn’t but it took a couple of weeks to find out due to the swelling.

“I couldn’t train but hopefully now I can get my fitness back and start the season properly.

“It was not ideal because in pre-season you want to take part in every session and play all the games to get in the best condition possible for the start.

“But it’s not been the case. I’ve been working really hard in the last 10 days and we’ll see how I do in the game against QPR.

“I will tell you how far I am off full fitness after the game on Saturday.

“It will obviously be very different in front of your own crowd at your own stadium and there is the adrenaline of a Premier League football game. The tempo will be different.”