Stones trying to stay patient

, 20 November, 2comments  |  Jump to most recent

John Stones says that the recovery of his injured ankle is progressing well but admits that he is "gutted" at missing the recent European games.

The 20 year-old defender had to undergo surgery to repair ligament damage last month but his rehabilitation is going to plan and, now that he can put weight on the affected ankle, he is looking to start running again soon.

The England international's initial prognosis suggested that he could be back as early as the Christmas period but it is still too early to put an exact timeframe on his return.

"It's all going well," he told "I am improving every day and my ankle is responding well to the treatment and all the things that I am doing.

It's just making sure I don't rush it and take it step by step. You want to push it as much as you can but doing so without damaging it again."

Though he has been sidelined by the injury, Stones says that he has been watching the team when he can and can't wait to get back into action.

I have been at Goodison watching, he continued. I can't keep myself away! I try to get to some of the away games as well.

I am gutted that I am not playing in Europe — hopefully we are still in it when I get back! Then I will be able to enjoy what everyone else is feeling.


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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 20/11/2014 at 21:35:36
Some goodish news at last.
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 24/11/2014 at 12:07:08
Well, John was certainly patient on Saturday.

I was waiting outside the Stanley Park entrance and John was going in, he was approached by a young lad and his dad for a photo snap, he obliged and then couldn’t get away as Evertonian after Evertonian asked for their photos to be taken. He never refused one, with a big smile on his face for everyone.

He was eventually rescued by a steward. He was a credit to himself and Everton FC.

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