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Mirallas undergoes ankle scan

16/12/2014  Comments (34)  jump
Updated Kevin Mirallas will have to wait another couple of days to find out the full extent of his injury after undergoing a scan on his ankle today.

The forward had to be stretchered off the field in stoppage time of last night's 3-1 win over QPR and manager Roberto Martinez told the cameras after the match that the Belgian had sustained "some damage" to his ankle when fouled by Jordan Mutch which would need to be assessed at Finch Farm.

The Catalan provided an update on today saying that the results of scans on his ankle will take two or three days to come back but but there were indications last night that he was not as badly injured as first feared.

We are still doing some tests and nothing is conclusive yet, Martinez is quoted as saying on the club's official website. It's clearly ankle damage and we are not going to find out until the next two or three days the extent of the injury.

Radio City's Simon Ross tweeted that Mirallas was on his feet walking unaided in the dressing room, though, while Greg O'Keeffe of the Liverpool Echo was similarly upbeat tweeting that the crutches were likely precautionary.

Mirallas, who has only just returned from a hamstring tear, appears upbeat about his condition, though. The player apparently told Telenet in Belgium media he could be fit to face Southampton on Saturday, although that seems highly unlikely.

I feared he had broken my ankle, but now I'm reassured," Mirallas is reported to have said.  

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Trevor Lynes
1 Posted 15/12/2014 at 23:27:03
Hope he is OK. It was a bad tackle and I feared the worst.
Jeremy Robbins
2 Posted 15/12/2014 at 23:34:36
Need him back for the Saints game..... Come on, Super Kev!
Sam Hoare
3 Posted 16/12/2014 at 07:28:23
Possibly our least replaceable player at present? Hope itÂ’s day/weeks rather than weeks/months.
Denis Richardson
4 Posted 16/12/2014 at 07:54:19
Slow motion looked like his ankle got twisted outwards, which would suggest some ligament damage. How much or how little is hard to tell but holding his head in his hands as he was stretchered off was not a great sign.

CanÂ’t see him being back for Southampton, just hope heÂ’ll at least be back for Boxing Day.

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 16/12/2014 at 09:11:02
This has to be one of our most frustrating seasonÂ’s ever regarding endless injuries, I know every club gets them but we seem to collect a new one per game now.

It does look like at the very least a few weeks out, just what we didnÂ’t need with three or four tough fixtures coming up.

Our wide options with Mirallas out are not nearly good enough.

Pienaar came out but again looks so far off it these days itÂ’s unbelievable, heÂ’s had so long out that by the looks of him itÂ’s going to take half a season for him to look even fit.

McGeady?. I know he put a good cross in for NaismithÂ’s goal and had a decent shot in the first half but damn he is so erratic and frustrating, basically heÂ’s not top draw, heÂ’s not going to impact games against better sides that QPR.

I just canÂ’t wait for the Cup and Europa League to return.

I just canÂ’t get into the league this season so far, although we won last night, the performanceÂ’s and the whole atmosphere and vibe of the club, the fans just feels so flat.

Again last night there was no atmosphere there, itÂ’s not helped by the slow build up in our passing, I agree, but I what happened to Goodison under the floodlights? ItÂ’s not nearly as rocking as it was a few years a back when we put sides to the sword under a cacophony of noise.

Ross Hutchinson
7 Posted 16/12/2014 at 14:06:01
Apparently, he's told Belgian media he's okay and should be fit for Southampton on Saturday.
Paul Hughes
8 Posted 16/12/2014 at 14:38:58
Jim, completely agree with you about McGeady, just doesn't look like a Premiership League player to me. Pienaar looks like he's lost his mojo, perhaps for ever.

The atmosphere was funereal, at one point you could actually hear the players shouting on the pitch (from the Main Stand). I think that is the result of sideways and backwards passing which just stupifies the fans. When we got a free-kick 35 yards out in the last few minutes, I honestly thought we were going to hoof it 70 yards back to Howard.

The fact also that there was barely a tackle made in the whole game (Mutch's assault on Mirallas excepted) meant there was precious little to get excited about.

Micky Norman
9 Posted 16/12/2014 at 14:51:39
I thought Besic made a few tackles?
Iain Love
10 Posted 16/12/2014 at 18:51:12
I do feel Super Kev is one of the few players that inject some urgency into our play and he allows Coleman to get some space down the wing.

He would / will be a big miss for the next few games, but on a brighter note Besic looked decent, personally iÂ’d play him with Mcarthy when possible, Naismiths back , by heck that lad puts a shift in. Also Stones reportably back soon and KoneÂ’s fresh & fit.

Mike Childs
11 Posted 16/12/2014 at 18:55:14
I kind of agree with you Sam about Kevin but after last Thursday scare as it is TH is somehow both least and most replaceable player in the squad.
Mark Frere
12 Posted 16/12/2014 at 18:48:31
Really hope itÂ’s not a bad injury, heÂ’s the hardest player (along with Coleman) to try and replace as we donÂ’t have any adequate cover.

In his absence, just wondering if it might be worth switching to a 3-5-2 formation with Barry dropping into a back 3 alongside Stones and Jags. Stones and Barry will be comfortable bringing the ball out of defence and Coleman and Baines will be able to bomb forward more ruducing strain on their defensive duties.

This formation could make us less predictable as the opposition seems to have sussed us out.

Stones Jagielka Barry
Coleman McCarthy Barkley Besic Baines
Eto'o Lukaku

John Voigt
14 Posted 16/12/2014 at 20:35:16
I agree that opposition teams have figured out how to play against us.

Playing slowly out of the back is OK part of the time, but there's got to be some attempts to break out faster. I'm a big Martinez supporter, but this every time slow out of the back really plays into the hands of our foes.

I hope John Stones is fully fit for the next game. When he's in the game our play out of the back is much better. I really think it's a big asset for the team when he drives forward with the ball, and he's good at not turning the ball over cheaply in our half.

Paul Hewitt
15 Posted 16/12/2014 at 23:02:28
These injuries always hurt straight away but he'll be ok. I did it myself but was fine a few days later.
Harold Matthews
16 Posted 16/12/2014 at 23:24:45
Mirallas is not my favourite player because he only plays for himself and doesn't like to exert his precious body for more than 70 minutes. That said, he's very fast and skilful with an eye for goal and I hope he makes a swift recovery.
Andy Crooks
17 Posted 17/12/2014 at 00:48:21
Harold, I am about to write a post and see that you have already written it. It happens too often. Stop writing sensible stuff.
Guy Hastings
18 Posted 17/12/2014 at 10:03:08
Scissor tackles - should be a red card every time. It's malice aforethought. No-one commits one accidentally and it could cripple a player. Cowardly and irresponsible.
Max Wilson
19 Posted 17/12/2014 at 11:47:33
No-ones done MUTCH about this lethal illegal tackle. It's disgraceful. We won't be seeing Kev Saturday that's for certain. Maybe RM will use Kone
in a similar role. He seemed to have some useful touches and was passing well.Not sure about his speed.
David Ellis
20 Posted 17/12/2014 at 15:42:47
Harold #16- yes I agree entirely
Patrick Murphy
21 Posted 17/12/2014 at 15:48:57
As many have cited Roberto's football philosophy as the root of the crowd reaction and the performances of the team in recent weeks, I thought I would have a look back to three years ago when I came upon an article by Shaun Sparke.

A couple of extracts that took my eye were the following.

As a fan, I don?t want the manager to tell me that my expectations are too high, I want to go into every season believing that we can win the league. Yes, maybe it is I who is now deluded but, at least if we can?t win the league, I want a manager who at least believes that every game is winnable and sends out his players with the confidence and the tactics that give us a chance of winning. The recent soundbites coming from Moyes reek of defeatism and I don?t like it.

It?s time to change your football philosophy whatever it may be, Mr Moyes, because, sooner rather than later, the fans will grow restless and see through the cleverly disguised excuses that you have started to use all too often. It?s time for you to show some true leadership and return to the principles that you demonstrated when you first took over this football club. Whatever happened to the manager who stated that he wanted fit young players who were proud to represent The People's Club?

Shaun Sparke

At the same juncture of the Premier League campaign Everton were on 20 points following a narrow victory at home to Swansea but the Toffees were twelve points behind Chelsea who sat in fourth place with Man City leading the race on 41 points. So in many ways a very similar season to this one has been so far, but we are a little bit closer to the top four places this time around and a good run could still see us have a good 2015.

James Marshall
22 Posted 17/12/2014 at 23:57:53
Mirallas quoted in that paragon of journalism claiming he should be fit for Southampton. Fingers crossed.
Chris James
23 Posted 18/12/2014 at 11:46:26
Picking up on the style issue mentioned a couple of times above, I think the real problem is that our centrebacks are not good enough ball-players for the system and our central midfielders (Macca and maybe Barkley aside) don't create enough off the ball movement to facilitate faster passing.

To move the ball quickly you need options through the middle to ensure our play doesn't get telegraphed down the flanks every time. With Macca out our midfield is too static aside from Barkley who offers a bit of dynamism and looks to turn and run more, but we need that option further back as well than Barkley usually is.

Jamie Barlow
24 Posted 18/12/2014 at 12:33:15
I agree Chris. I think it makes a big difference to how fast we move the ball forward when either Alcaraz or Stones play with Jagielka. Distin and Jags aren't good enough ball players to play together.
Raymond Fox
25 Posted 18/12/2014 at 12:48:57
Patrick 21, this is one of MartinezÂ’s strengthÂ’s, he aims high and seldom if ever looks for excuses pre match.

Same theme is his positivity, it does grate sometimes I admit with his over exaggeration towards player and team performances, but you can see why he does it.

What he says in private to the players about their play will no doubt be nearer the actual truth.

His philosophy of how he wants us to play is the right one, we are just short of a couple of top quality players at the back and in the middle.

Tony J Williams
26 Posted 18/12/2014 at 13:41:49
Looks like he could be back for the boxing day match..... lucky escape
Patrick Murphy
27 Posted 18/12/2014 at 13:46:44
Ray - I tend to agree with you and having just watched Everton v Luton and Brighton v Everton from the 82/83 season it reminds me of how we had a nucleus of the formidable team of a couple of years later already at the club however in those line-ups were Terry Curran, David Johnson, Steve McMahon and Jim Arnold. As for those two games a goal from Bailey against Luton from the halfway line that set up a five nil victory in front of circa 15,000 at Goodison, The game at Brighton was as usual a platform for Mr Clive Thomas to promote himself as for no discernible reason he decided to allow Brighton to re-take a penalty - awarded with a couple of minutes to go - which Arnold had saved and subsequently Brighton equalised from the spot, before in the very last minute Kendall and Everton had the last laugh as they snatched a late winner.
Mark Frere
28 Posted 18/12/2014 at 13:55:40
Patrick, one name really stands out there, and that is Steve Mcmahon. What was Kendall thinking of letting a player of that calibre leave? I know most Evertonian's now hate him for obvious reasons. But Imagine him playing with Ried and Bracewell, he was a similar player to those 2... younger than Reid and much less injury prone than Bracewell and he had a massive will to win. It is my opinion that if Mcmahon stayed with us, he would now have legendary status as an Evertonian.

We would probably have won the title in 1986 as well.

Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 18/12/2014 at 14:30:08
Mark Frere(28). Mark, McMahon wanted to get away because David Johnson and Adrian Heath were on more than twice the money McMahon was on, Stevie asked for a rise and was offered peanuts so he went to Aston Villa although he knew Liverpool wanted him, he went to Liverpool the next season.

I see on another thread you are saying there is no need to panic over James McCarthy getting a new contract as he has three years to run on his present contract.I'd say be careful if other players are getting a lot more than him, especially as he was promised by the club they would assess his deal after the first year of his present contract.

He is still waiting!!!!!!!

Eric Myles
30 Posted 18/12/2014 at 14:53:22
Mark #12, we have Hibbert to replace Coleman, and Browning.
Mark Frere
31 Posted 18/12/2014 at 15:14:44
Dave, I wasn't aware McCarthy was promised a pay rise, if that is indeed the case then he should be offered a new deal. I just think clubs bow to easy to the demands of players. I guess the players and their agents have all the power nowadays... Nothing we can do about it in some cases.

Don't think McMahon wanted a massive increase in wages, more like just a fair crack of the whip. Kendall may not have rated him or simply didn't like Steve as a person as he wasn't the most likeable chap by all accounts.

Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 18/12/2014 at 15:30:56
Mark, yes Steve McMahon just wanted a fair crack of the whip, and we are talking about players wages then being in 𧴜 ' s per week not the wages they are getting now,

It must have been Kendall didn't like McMahon as it would have been hard not to rate him.

Mark Frere
33 Posted 18/12/2014 at 15:31:14
Eric, I was talking about adequate cover. Hibbert is a little ’old school’ especially for a team like us where much of our attacking play requires our full-backs to be ambitious going forward.

And Browning? Well has looked decent from the little we’ve seen of him, but its a big ask for him to do the job Coleman does anywhere near as good.

Peter Laing
34 Posted 18/12/2014 at 16:16:13
I once bumped into John Bailey after a game in the Winslow and told me that in 1978 that Mike Lyons, Terry Darracott and himself were earning a basic at the time of 𧷤 per week,
Peter Bell
35 Posted 18/12/2014 at 16:52:55
Mark Frere, the McMahon money was used to buy Trevor Steven, don't regret McMahon leaving for one minute
Graham Mockford
36 Posted 18/12/2014 at 17:34:39
Peter Bell

McMahon was definitely a loss, his best ever game was away at Utd in a Cup QF. We were robbed by a late Macari goal but he was immense in that game, totally bossed the Utd midfield of Robson and Moses.

Although I always loved Tommy Docherty's quote. " for ٢m I would have expected the real Moses"

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