Daniel Farke says the recent international break came at a good time for some of his returning players to get some training sessions under their belts.
Farke’s Norwich City side went into the break off the back of a defeat to Watford but the City boss hopes some of his troops have benefitted from the domestic hiatus.
Speaking at his pre-Everton press conference, Farke said: “Sometimes after a loss, you want to go straight out on the pitch and get some points. But after a win, you want to kick further on.
“It was good and important for us because we had many injury problems and it gave some players some time to train and work a bit on their rehab.
“It was an advantage for us to have this break but I wouldn’t interpret too much into it. It was more important for us to get some players back fit.
“We are looking forward to going again this weekend.”
In terms of injuries, Farke could hand a return to the starting eleven to Christoph Zimmermann. However, Jamal Lewis, Josip Drmic and Grant Hanley will miss the trip.
Looking at the Toffees, Farke says he is full of respect for them and their head coach, Marco Silva.
“Everton shouldn't have to fight relegation. They have potential to fight for Europe. Marco has all the abilities as a coach to lead them to that, so fingers crossed for them, but not for tomorrow.
“Their last few results have been good, so you could say it's not the best time to play them, but we can't change that. It will be difficult so we are respectful, but we want to win some points.”