Wayne Rooney has been given the green light to step up his
training schedule as he bids to regain full fitness before the
start of the season.
The 17-year-old striker was stretchered off during the Blues 3-2
win at Ibrox after he landed awkwardly on his ankle.
Scans later revealed that Rooney had sustained ligament damage
and would be out for a period of four weeks.
That made him a doubt for the opening day clash against Arsenal,
but since then he has pleased Everton's medical team and David
Moyes with the speed of his progress.
A week ago, the Blues Boss rated Rooney as having an
'outside chance' of being fit for August 16 - and signs
from the specialists are equally as encouraging.
"Wayne's been given the go ahead by the specialist to
do some light jogging and he's just run a couple of
miles," said Everton's Head Physio Mick Rathbone.
"He felt absolutely no reaction to his injury and if he
continues to feel ok, we'll step up the intensity of his
training at the weekend.
"We're all delighted with the progress Wayne has made
and hopefully he'll continue his recovery in a similar
fashion," he concluded.