GRETAR Steinsson believes the return of Gary Cahill and Mark Davies will provide a “perfect boost” to Wanderers’ survival chances.

Owen Coyle’s injury list has been shortened ahead of this afternoon’s trip to Everton, with both players expected to play some part in the Whites squad at Goodison Park.

Cahill has been missing since the end of January after finding a blood clot in his upper arm, while Davies has been out of action since the 3-0 defeat at Blackburn a month ago.

And Steinsson says the pair’s arrival back in the squad could not have come at a better time.

“It’s fantastic to see them both back, we have missed them because they are both great players,” he said.

“It’s a good time to have them back. They will add an extra bit of quality and hopefully that will mean a good finish to the season.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do but we are staying positive, and hopefully that means we can keep on climbing the table.”

Wanderers have done themselves the world of good in recent weeks, winning three of their last four games to put eight points between themselves and the bottom three.

The steady climb up the Premier League table has been accomplished despite a daunting injury list that still includes the likes of Stu Holden, Chris Basham, Gavin McCann and Sean Davis, and suspensions to Tamir Cohen and Sam Ricketts.

“You have to give the squad credit because we have coped well,” Steinsson said.

“It’s just that time of the year where you tend to collect these kind of things, and we have been lucky in the last couple of seasons because they haven’t hit us that bad.

“You have to man up and take injuries on the chin - there’s no use complaining about them.”

Steinsson admits he feared the worst when news of Cahill’s blood clot first broke in early February.

It appeared at first that the centre-half would miss the rest of the season, a drastic course that was averted after specialists found a relatively minor operation would correct the problem, leaving him to return to training within a few weeks without fear of it re-occuring.

“Back when he suffered the injury, we thought to be without his quality for the rest of the season would be very difficult,” he said.

“Any team would feel the loss of Gaz - but we found there were players to fill in, and they have done fantastically well while he has been away.

“We have to fill 11 places in the team every single week, it doesn’t matter if our big players are out injured. We have to keep on going.

“You might have to shift a few around, as we have done, but so long as you work hard and do as you’re told, you will be fine.”