Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Steven Pienaar made his comeback from injury on Tuesday night after featuring for Everton’s U21 side.
The Everton midfielder managed a solid 45 minutes of football for the under 21 side, who narrowly lost 1-0 against FC Schalke 04 in the Premier League International Cup.
First-team stars Tom Cleverley, Joel Robles, Bryan Oviedo and Tyias Browning also featured in this game alongside Pienaar.
Pienaar has featured only once in 2015 after a series of niggling injuries, including a hamstring tear picked up while performing a backheel in training.
Saturday's Premier League encounter with Arsenal is expected to come too early in the recovery programme for Pienaar, but could be in contention to face Norwich in the Capital One Cup next Tuesday.
Everton dropped to ninth in the table following Saturday's disappointing performance against Manchester United.