Early boost for Johnson
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Preliminary checks have revealed 'no obvious fracture' to Andy Johnson's left ankle.
Everton boss David Moyes will be relieved to learn preliminary checks have revealed 'no obvious fracture' to Andy Johnson's left ankle.
The club's top goalscorer was the subject of understandable consternation when he was taken off on a stretcher during Everton's 2-0 victory over Wigan on Sunday.
Johnson looked in obvious discomfort as he left the field and it had been feared that he had broken his ankle following a clash with Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
The early indications are, though, somewhat more positive after initial checks at Wigan Infirmary revealed no obvious fracture.
Everton club physiotherapist Mick Rathbone has confirmed that further tests will be conducted on Monday and that only then can a full diagnosis be made.
"Andy was taken off after injuring his left ankle," Rathbone told the club's official website.
"He was taken to the casualty department at Wigan Infirmary where a series of X-rays were done.
"There is no obvious fracture but we will be undertaking a few more specific investigations tomorrow."