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Benfica too soon for Steven Pienaar

South Africa international Steven Pienaar does not think he will be fit enough to feature in Thursday's Europa League clash against Benfica.

Pienaar has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in last month's 1-0 win at Portsmouth, missing the games against BATE Borisov, Stoke City and Wolves.

He told the Toffees' official website:"I didn't expect it to be this sore. It just takes time though as it needs to heal on it's own.

"A few of the fibres split in my ligament so I have to rest and do my exercises.

"The Benfica match could be one game too soon but I'm taking it day-by-day. At the moment I'm struggling with running so I may have to wait until it feels stronger.

"I spent the summer at the Confederations Cup and, when I returned to Everton, I wanted to work hard, stay fit and not pick up any injuries.

"Unfortunately though sometimes injuries happen in football and now I have to climb the ladder again to regain my fitness. I know I'll then have to fight for my place back in the team."

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