Luke Garbutt will discover within the next fortnight whether his successful loan spell at Colchester United will be extended.
The talented left-back has stressed he is focused on the U's and is letting his football do the talking.
The 20-year-old defender is due to meet with Everton chiefs early next month about his immediate future at Goodison Park.
Garbutt's current loan spell at the U's, which was extended earlier this month, is due to end on February 8.
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