Seamus Coleman has been included in the Everton squad to face Leicester on Wednesday.
The Republic of Ireland captain made his return in an u23 match last week, and has now been included in the first team squad to face the Foxes at Goodison Park.
The 29 year old will be a welcome addition to the Toffees’ team, but will likely be eased back into the fray given the length of his absence.
“He is a very important player as well all know and from my point of view, if and when he does play in the team, he needs time. He has been out an awful long time.”
Allardyce also confirmed that James McCarthy’s surgery was a success.
“That may well be away from the football club rather than at the football club because there is an awful lot going on day-in and day-out here.
“Maybe particular attention to James somewhere in Europe might be an opportunity for us to consider.”