Everton's Royston Drenthe seeks Europa League spot

Royston Drenthe
Drenthe has scored two goals in 11 appearances since joining Everton

Everton midfielder Royston Drenthe says he hopes he can help the Toffees to secure European football this season.

Drenthe, who is on loan from Real Madrid, returned from an ankle injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Norwich.

"I want to finish high in the league with Everton - in seventh or eighth," Drenthe, 24, told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"If we can start winning games, maybe we can get European football - that would be great. I've got to do my best and be important for the team."

Drenthe wants to prove importance

Everton face Swansea at Goodison Park on Wednesday with the Toffees 14th in the Premier League table, and Netherlands international Drenthe believes he is over his injury troubles.

"Hopefully I have no more injuries. That's the most important thing," he said.

"I'm not a guy that gets many injuries and it was the first time I have injured my ankle in this way. I was really frustrated that I've been injured for three weeks.

"But we have to look forward and we have a big game against Swansea on Wednesday. We know Swansea have a good team, so we have to work hard."

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