No need for Neville surgery
Everton have announced that it is '99 per cent certain' that Phil Neville will not need an operation.
Last Updated: 07/10/09 9:11pm
Everton have announced that it is '99 per cent certain' that Phil Neville will not need an operation to cure his knee injury.
The Toffees' captain has been out of action since damaging knee ligaments in the defeat to Fulham in September.
Neville was caught by a challenge from the Cottagers' Dickson Etuhu and Everton accepted their skipper was facing a long spell on the sidelines.
But the ex-Manchester United player has had good news from head physio Mick Rathbone, who has been informed that there will be no need for surgery.
"The surgeon has seen Phil twice now," Rathbone told Everton's official website on Wednesday.
"He was 90 per cent certain he didn't need surgery on the first visit and now he is 99 per cent certain Phil doesn't need an operation.
"You can never say never but, the way Phil is going in his rehabilitation, we're happy he is going to do well.
"He's been on the bike today and the cross-skier and he is telling me he is running tomorrow which was a bit of a shock to me because that is not in the schedule. But he is doing well and we are really happy with him."
Meanwhile, Steven Pienaar and Joseph Yobo are both expected to return from injury against Wolves.
Pienaar (knee) and Yobo (thigh) have both been sidelined recently, but Everton expect them to be available for the arrival of Mick McCarthy's side on 17th October.
"Steven got headbutted on the inside of the knee against Portsmouth and it was just unfortunate it caught him right on the medial ligament!" Rathbone said.
"He can use the exercise bike but it is pretty sore. I would, though, expect him to be there or thereabouts for the Wolves game."
Rathbone added on Yobo's status: "It was so, so minor. But if you do an injury like that the night before a game it doesn't give you a lot of time to recover.
"Joe has gone off with the Nigerian squad as they've got a very important game against Mozambique on Sunday and I think he will be fit for that."