Infection blow for Naysmith
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton's Gary Naysmith has been forced to undergo surgery again.Everton's Gary Naysmith has been forced to undergo surgery on his ankle for a second time after picking up an infection from the first procedure on his ankle.
Naysmith has been out of action since April, and his hopes of a return have been hit by an infection.
"Gary has had an incredible stroke of bad luck," said Everton's physio Mick Rathbone on the club's website. "He developed a deep infection after his previous operation.
"It didn't settle with antibiotics so it had to be opened up again, explored and cleaned out.
"Obviously, something like that is potentially quite serious.
"It looks like he is going to be okay and he will recover but it is another stroke of bad luck for him.
"It is a real shame for the guy. He has had so many problems over the last six months and everybody feels bad.
"He is in hospital for a few days to make sure the ankle remains clean. We are hoping he will have a full recovery.
"Any kind of deep infection can be serious, especially with a professional footballer. They opened up the wound last week, cleaned it all out and left it open.
"They are monitoring it every day and hopefully on Wednesday, it will be closed again and he will be completely okay.
"But it was a terrible scare for everybody and it was a terrible blow for him bearing in mind the infection percentages. But he is a tough lad and a fighter.
"Everybody is very upset for him because he is such a popular guy, probably the most popular at the club."