Naysmith's injury woe
By Patrick Whyte
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton defender Gary Naysmith has spoken about his injury nightmare
Everton defender Gary Naysmith has spoken about the injury nightmare that has left his Premiership season in tatters.
The problem stemmed from an operation Naysmith had to clear up an injury to his ankle suffered at Crystal Palace last April. However, the surgery was not a success and Naysmith had to cut short a family holiday, in order to fly back home and seek advice from the Everton physio Mick Rathbone.
The Scottish international has endured a difficult last few months as what appeared like routine rehabilitation soon turned into a trying ordeal. Naysmith has also had to deal with the death of his mother and does not appear likely to be back in the first team frame for Everton until the New Year. Although at one point he feared the injury could be potentially career ending.
"I went home after the [second] operation but my foot just didn't feel right," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Express.
"They sent me home, but I was confined to bed again. I could only ease myself up and use the crutches to get myself to the toilet.
"I went to Tenerife with my wife, the three children and my wife's mum and dad. After a couple of days my ankle went bright red and I sent a picture back to Baz (Mick Rathbone) via my mobile phone.
"Unbelievably, I had to come back home again because they weren't happy with what they saw. I got picked up at Manchester Airport at 1am and was taken straight to see the consultant. I was kept in hospital and needed to have some fluid drained from the ankle.
"They drained it, and it's about 90 percent better than it was in Tenerife, but I still can't do any exercise until the redness has gone.
"It was a potentially career threatening infection so although I have been extremely frustrated, in the scale of things at least I now know that I will be back."