The midfielder was stretchered off following a heavy tackle by Spurs' Eric Dier, escaping a fracture but suffering ligament damage that could take as long as two months to heal.
In interview with evertonfc.com today, Roberto Martinez didn't put an official timescale on Cleverley's return but expressed his relief that scans revealed no break.
Privately, there are hopes that the way in which the injury has initially responded means that the Blues' summer recruit could be back in action by the middle of next month.
“We thought that it was a fracture and to have a fracture at this stage of the season for Tom would have been devastating because his form has been terrific," Martinez said.
“He has got ligament damage and the next step will be to see how long he is going to be out.
"It’s an injury we need to try and recover as quickly as we can but clearly it’s good news from when we saw Tom falling to the ground at White Hart Lane.”
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1 Posted 01/09/2015 at 10:24:53
And we certainly need both players to be match fit as soon as possible. In the longer run, Cleverley might do well beside McCarthy (in place of Barry).
Hopefully, we can see Besic get a run out substantially; we need all players match fit as much as possible.
2 Posted 01/09/2015 at 10:26:54
Tom has started quite well and now he's gone until early November, along with Baines, so disappointing.
Still think we are two or three injuries away from a major struggle, the league is so competitive this season, we have no divine right to finish ahead of clubs like Palace, Leicester for example.
It's going to be a real tussle.
3 Posted 01/09/2015 at 10:36:15
I don't think I could suffer Besic next to McCarthy again..
Offers nothing at all.
4 Posted 01/09/2015 at 10:42:38
5 Posted 01/09/2015 at 10:45:47
Bobby doesn't like to have both Mirallas and Deulofeu in the starting 11 and with good reason. Both full backs would be exposed. McCarthy can cover a lazy winger on the right. Barry doesn't have the legs on the left. Besic might.
6 Posted 01/09/2015 at 10:50:21
For what it's worth, I'll be surprised if Cleverley is back that quickly.
8 Posted 01/09/2015 at 12:40:18
A bit of bitter blood there?
I must be as dopey as Martinez, as I thought he was sent off when he was carded, could've sworn he'd been booked before.
9 Posted 01/09/2015 at 13:17:10
Curse our luck.
10 Posted 01/09/2015 at 13:31:30
He has lots of energy which he puts to good use, unlike the headless chicken McCarthy and he offers a lot more going forward. Hope his out-time is more like 6 than 8 weeks.
11 Posted 01/09/2015 at 13:31:38
12 Posted 01/09/2015 at 13:53:54
13 Posted 01/09/2015 at 15:01:41
I like him, but he's too reliant on being in the right position. Way too slow for the Premier League.
14 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:14:44
15 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:22:42
Of course, that means no place for Ross, so perhaps he can play in goal.
Now that would be worth travelling from Exeter to see. Win (or lose) 7-6. Value for money!!
16 Posted 01/09/2015 at 00:02:43
17 Posted 02/09/2015 at 00:54:21
18 Posted 02/09/2015 at 02:13:30
This thug Dier smashed into Barkley for 90 minutes without a murmur of protest. What is it with Martinez, Jags and Everton? Are they again after the fair play award? If refs know we're a soft touch we'll lose out on all 50/50 decisions.
I am fuming... and don't get me started on Coleman backing off, backing off, backing off, backing off, backing off.
19 Posted 02/09/2015 at 08:33:42
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21 Posted 02/09/2015 at 10:56:04
I am not saying we should be diving about or going round smashing into anything that moves for no reason but we need to start sticking up for ourselves & letting the ref know when we're not happy. Like it or not, it does make a difference when the decisions are being handed out.
At the end of the day, the first thing that should have happened to Dier after that tackle on Cleverley was one of ours should have done him the next time he touched the ball. Come back, Tim Cahill...
22 Posted 02/09/2015 at 17:42:25
The tackle was from behind and a scissor action, which I thought was illegal. Never mind RM saying he didn't blame Dier, who was to blame then?
23 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:24:39
I hate to hark back to the 80s, BUT we had a real tough spine to the team. Sharp, Reid, Ratters... not to mention psycho Pat and Gary Stevens... they all put their foot in and looked after the rest.
I know things have changed and most referees have zero clue about hard/fair tackling but we do come across as far too nice... and that gets us nothing, not even a fair play entry to the Europa shambles.
So, I would like to see Besic given (okay, some) game time and a few others providing a much more physical approach.
24 Posted 02/09/2015 at 23:41:45
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