Gerrard Making Progress

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 morning.

"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 later.

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."

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