Wright On Target

by Mark Rowan

David Moyes continues to be impressed with the progress Richard Wright is making and he is still refusing to rule him out for the start of the season.

Wrighty is yet to feature in a pre-season game for the Blues after injuring his shoulder in a freak accident at his Ipswich home earlier this summer.

His progress to-date is bang on schedule and barring any reaction to the goalkeeping work he is currently undertaking then he could very well feature in the final pre-season game against Bologna at Goodison.

That would put him right in contention for the opening day at his former club Arsenal, though the Blues Boss is adopting a cautious approach and won't take any unnecessary risks.

"He is not ruled out for the start of the season but we need to see that he has got a certain level of practice," Moyes told evertonfc.com.

"We know he has a chance but because of the nature of the injury we can't take too many risks with it.

"The target we have is that he will be ready for at least the last pre-season game, but we are not counting our chickens."

Wright will continue to work closely with both Chris Woods and the Blues' medical team in the next few weeks as he bids to overcome this latest frustrating problem.

He has applied himself in the correct manner, taken the right advice, which has undoubtedly prevented a longer-term absence away from the nets.

"It was the type of injury that if he fell on his shoulder then he could be out for a long, long time," added Moyes.

"So really we have had to take a lot of precautions, but he is doing well and he is back doing some goalkeeping work now.

"He is coming along very nicely, probably just about on schedule for where we hoped he would be."

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