Currently standing 5th in the league table, Everton FC is just two points away from getting that 4th spot and ticket to qualifying in the next Champions League. One thing that’s keeping them from advancing to that 4th spot is their list of injuries. Despite of losing Bryan Oviedo for the rest of the season, Everton has something to look forward to, as most of their injured players are getting ready to return to the field. Here are updates on some of Everton’s injury woes.
Romelu Lukaku (Ankle Injury – Mid February)
Romelu Lukaku might return from injury earlier than expected. On what was initially feared to be a serious ankle injury, it has now been cleared that there was no ligament damage and he is expected to return by mid February to face Swansea. Manager Roberto Martinez has told Everton’s official Website “There is no ligament damage and the injury is not as bad as we first thought. It will be a case of weeks rather than months.”
Gerard Deulofue (Hamstring/Strain – Doubtful)
Gerard Deulofue has now returned from Spain after nursing a hamstring injury. The on-loan Barcelona starlet, traveled to Spain to recuperate from the injury with his mother club. Before the injury, he showed the world what he could provide for a team which had labeled him as one of Europe’s hottest prospects. Martinez together with their medical staff will continue to monitor Deulofue within the week to see if he will be fit in time to feature at Tottenham.
Darron Gibson (Cruciate Ligament Injury – Late April 2014)
After being ruled out for the season, Darron Gibson is expected to have an earlier return from injury. Everton’s Physiotherapy department has confirmed that Gibson is responding well to treatment and is ahead of his recovery time frame. Reports in Liverpool have stated that Gibson may feature again at the end of April in time to help the team get that final spot for the Champions League.
Lacina Traore (Hamstring/Strain – Doubtful)
Everton’s winter recruit, Lacina Traore, is nearing his debut for the Blues. Traore was supposed to join West Ham on a loan move from Monaco, but instead opted to choose Everton because of their playing style and current standing in the league. The Gentle Giant came to Everton with a hamstring injury and is now being assessed if he will be cleared to play. Martinez has told Everton TV “We will take our time with Lacina to make sure he is fully fit.” The 6’8 Ivorian might replace Lukaku in the lineup while out on the sidelines.
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