Our England midfielder handed Glenn Hoddle a boost by coming on for the last 25 minutes against Aston Villa on Saturday.
And while he is not expected to start at Goodison Park, Darren insists he is ready to play a part from the substitutes’ bench.
Darren missed our final four pre-season friendlies with soreness in his Achilles but felt no immediate problems after playing on Saturday.
He explained: “I’ve missed a couple of weeks because my Achilles felt sore but that felt good.
“I wasn’t able to play the whole game but it was nice to be on the bench. To get on and play 25 minutes was just what I needed really.
“I think it will be a similar situation at Everton, start on the bench and hopefully play some part.”
Glenn insisted: “Darren was a little bonus but he hasn’t had much football to play at that tempo.”
Back to Saturday’s goalless draw and Darren added: “It’s always difficult against Villa. I thought we played well in the first half but in the second half the pace of the game slowed down and we got tired.
“Disappointing as it was, if we’d have got that first goal in the first half it might have been a different game.
“But we’ll take the point, take that we didn’t get beaten and go onto Monday with confidence.”
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Darren Anderton aims to continue his gradual return to Premiership action at Everton on Monday night.