Saha 'Not Too Serious'

Louis Saha's injury is not as serious as first feared - but Yakubu is definitely out for the season.

Saha was stretchered off during Sunday's 1-0 win at Tottenham, having only come on as a substitute for the Nigerian.

The Frenchman will now be assessed throughout the week but is not expected to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The news is not so good for Yakubu however. Scans on Monday confirmed that the 26-year-old will be missing until the start of next season. 

“Scans have confirmed the clinical diagnosis that Yakubu has ruptured his right Achilles tendon," said Everton head physio Mick Rathbone. "He will undergo surgery in London tomorrow (Tuesday) and be out for the rest of the season. We expect him to be back for the start of next season.

“Louis Saha had a muscle spasm in his hamstring. It doesn’t look too serious and we will be evaluating it over the next few days."

Rathbone also revealed that right back Tony Hibbert [groin] could be available for selection within a fortnight, while Lars Jacobsen [shoulder] remains on course to make his Everton debut early in the New Year.

James Vaughan, who was last week ruled out until January with a knee problem, will undergo surgery in Colorado on Wednesday. The operation will be performed by renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman.