Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stated that he is not worried about in-form striker Romelu Lukaku burning out and will not rest the centre forward.
The Belgium international has scored 11 Premier League goals this season for the Toffees and has been a driving force behind the club’s progression up the table.
Only Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored more goals than the former Chelsea forward, who is now adjudged as one of the most-rounded and dangerous strikers in the division.
Despite the game adding up over a manic festive period, Martinez has stated that Lukaku will not be rested and has the resilience to recover from a match quickly.
“When you are 22 years old and enjoying your football, you can’t wait for the next game,” Martínez told The Guardian.
“The players you need to be careful with are those around 28, 29 or 30. We have a few of those, and you have to measure their recovery times really well, but players who are 21 or 22 can recover in 12 hours because they’ve got so much energy.”
Lukaku and the top-four chasing Toffees head to face Norwich today and will hope to record a vital three points in their ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League.
Everton are ninth ahead of this weekend’s action, seven points adrift of the top four.