Physio allays Toffees fears
Everton have revealed that Lee Carsley and Alan Stubbs could make swift returns from injury.
By Pete Allison
Last Updated: 29/08/07 11:25am
Everton physio Mick Rathbone has revealed that both Lee Carsley and Alan Stubbs could make swift returns from injury.
The duo limped out of The Toffees' 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers last weekend, and there were fears that they could both face lengthy absences.
However, Rathbone has quashed such fears, and has stated that the pair could even make a comeback this weekend against Bolton.
Rathbone told evertonTV: "Lee had some discomfort around his hip and it tightened up during the game so unfortunately he had to come off.
A chance for the weekend
"I think he felt it in the warm-up. It has settled down really well and he has been running on it since. He has got a chance for the weekend but we will have to see how it goes and how it reacts.
"Alan stretched for a ball early on and felt his groin. He made it to half-time but he could not carry on. It is only early days but we will see if we can get him fit for the weekend."
Rathbone also provided updates in regards to a trio of long-term casualties, and the physio reported that striker James Vaughan, midfielder Tim Cahill and goalkeeper Iain Turner are all on their way to making a return.
"James is making good progress and the consultant shoulder specialist is very happy but these things take time.
"Tim unfortunately injured the fractured side of his foot. He is making good progress and has been running and doing exercises in the pool. We will have to see how the X-rays go in the next few weeks.
"Iain is doing really well. He is increasing his kicking - the kicking was a problem because he injured his hip. We want to get him back in training next week."
Despite the progress made by a number of David Moyes' squad members, The Toffees have stated that they are still in search of further additions, after missing out on Manuel Fernandes.