Gerrard?S Wait

Anthony Gerrard returned to Bellefield at lunchtime on Wednesday but it will still be another 24 hours before the full extent of his injury is known.

The reserve team defender sustained what looked to be a nasty knee injury during Tuesday's 3-1 win over Aston Villa, which forced him to be stretchered off the Haig Avenue pitch.

He was immediately taken to Southport hospital amid fears he may have sustained a fractured leg or serious ligament damage but the initial diagnosis has proved to be quite positive.

"He's just got back from hospital," Head Physio Mick Rathbone told evertonfc.com. "He had a hell of a bang on the knee and he's not quite sure what he did.

"He was in a great deal of pain last night so the people at Southport hospital kept him under observation overnight. We've had a look at his knee, it doesn't look particularly bad although I'm sure that he was in a great deal of discomfort so hopefully it's not too serious."

Gerrard will now rest the injury at home overnight and then first thing on Thursday morning he will return to hospital to undergo a scan where it is hoped there will be further good news.

"We're just going to let him get home now and settle down," added Baz. "We'll send him for an MR scan tomorrow and let the consultant have a look at it.

"I would say initially at the moment we're half breathing a sigh of relief but you can never be totally sure until you've gone through all the investigations."

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