Everton's medical team have been pleased with progress made
by reserve team defender Anthony Gerrard in the 48 hours since
picking up a knee injury playing for the reserves.
The 18-year-old was left writhing in agony during the 3-1 win
over Aston Villa and had to spend a night at Southport hospital as
fears intensified that he had sustained some serious damage.
Gerrard returned to Bellefield yesterday for a full assessment
and was due to undergo an MRI scan earlier on Thursday, which was
subsequently postponed as the scanner was out of operation.
It has since emerged that he may not require the scan after all
due to the fact he has made sure signs of progress and is moving
around much easier.
"The X-rays were okay," said Head Physio Mick Rathbone.
"It just looked like it had been a bang. We're going to
get the video of the game to have a look at it. He's now moving
a lot better, feeling miles better in himself.
"He came in today for his MR scan but amazingly the MR
scanner is broken so we've put that off until tomorrow. We may
not even take the scan now; we'll see what it's like in the
"I would say now that we're breathing a sigh of relief
and it looks like it was just badly banged. I think he caught the
nerve on the outside of the knee and his foot went dead. People
obviously worry in those situations and I think that made it a lot
worse than it was."
No firm decision will be made on a course of treatment until the
medical team have had a thorough review of the incident at Haig
Avenue, though it is hoped they can get him back sooner rather than
At this stage, however, Gerrard, who only recently returned from
a loan spell at Accrington Stanley, looks certain to be sidelined
for the reserve's trip to Manchester City on Tuesday.
Baz Added: "I'm thinking he'll be able to come in
tomorrow, get on the exercise bike. I want to review the actual
incident because nobody really saw what happened.
"If I'm happy when I've reviewed the injury and if
he's only, in inverted commas, only got a bang on the outside
of the knee and there's no sort of twisting mechanism then I
would think he'd recover from this injury in a week or two.
"Obviously if he's twisted or sprained the knee then
it's going to be double that time."