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
"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."