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Everton get Kevin Mirallas injury boost

Ankle damage isn't as serious as first thought

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Kevin Mirallas could feature for Everton over the Christmas programme after is was revealed his ankle injury was not as serious as first feared.

The Belgian forward sustained the injury late on against QPR on Monday thanks to a reckless, needless and, lets face it, senseless challenge from Jordon Mutch.

Mirallas immediately went down in pain and as the stretcher carried him from the pitch there were genuine fears he could be out fir a long time, which would represent a massive blow given the Belgium international has already spent significant time on the sidelines this season with a hamstring injury.

Roberto Martinez was cautiously optimistic after the game though, with Mirallas reportedly able to walk around relatively freely.

Speaking at his pre-Southampton news conference Martinez confirmed that scans had revealed only minor damage and the 27-year-old could return for the festive programme.

Martinez said:

"We have great news as we were very worried after the game because it was an action where you feel the ankle is definitely damaged.

"The damage is the least it could be. It is an external ligament in his ankle and the way he is as a quick healer I don’t expect him to be out for too long. I wouldn’t rule him out for any of the fixtures over the Christmas period."

There was further good news on the injury front with Martinez confirming midfielder Leon Osman does not require surgery on an ankle problem and could soon return.

Darron Gibson is also back in full training after a knee injury while James McCarthy's injured hamstring is healing well.

With John Stones ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from ankle surgery Everton may well be close to full strength going into one of the busiest periods of the season.

Merry Christmas!