Everton striker James Beattie is expected to be fit to resume training today, despite suffering an alleged assault last Saturday.

Beattie was reported to have been “the victim of an unprovoked assault” in Birmingham while enjoing a night out with his girlfriend and friends after Everton’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

“He was shaken but not badly injured,” said Everton spokesman Ian Ross.

He added: “He did speak to the police but will not be pressing charges.

“He has spoken to manager David Moyes about what happened.”

Beattie was suspended for the win at Aston Villa, but he will be available again for the Merseyside derby at Liverpool on 20 March.