Gylfi Sigurdsson remains optimistic about his recovery from a knee injury - but won’t put any timetable on his recovery.
Sigurdsson suffered ligament damage during the 2-0 win over Brighton earlier this month, though the midfielder managed to complete the 90 minutes.
However, scans later revealed some damage and after visiting a specialist it was revealed that the former Swansea man could be out for around eight weeks.
That would mean Sigurdsson would likely miss the rest of the season but be back playing in time for the World Cup,
Everton manager Sam Allardyce wasn’t happy with a timescale being put on his recovery, stressing that injury recovery is unique to each player and it was still too early to judge when Sigurdsson would be able to return.
Sigurdsson is equally cautious when it comes to naming a comeback date, though he is encouraged by the progess he is making so far.
Speaking to the official website, he said:
“It is going well and I am steadily making progress each day.
“I have not had any setbacks, I am off the crutches and out of the brace and almost back to walking normally.
“I have to get through a lot of exercises with the physios and on the machines – and the hands-on treatment as well. Then there is work in the pool and in the gym.
“Everything I have been doing is helping me a lot and I am feeling the benefit of it.
“The medical team have been really good and kept me busy in the past few weeks, they want to get the work in.
“They are really good, not just as physios, but you need to work with people you enjoy being around – and they are those types of people as well, which helps enormously when you are dealing with an injury for any length of time. It makes the work in the gym that bit easier.
“We have been working on getting the swelling down and the fluid out of the knee – and getting some movement back into the knee.
“I am seeing the specialist in London next Tuesday and he will reassess me – and we will take it from there.”
Sigurdsson also revealed he is taking inspiration from fit again teammates Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.
Baines has just returned from three months out with a calf injury while Coleman spent nearly a year out with a broken leg.
“It is hard work and not as good as being out on the pitch training. You can understand why it is difficult for the players who have long-term injuries when they have to watch the boys going out training every day. Thankfully, mine is not a long one.
“But it is just part of the game. Everyone has injuries during their career and you just have to get through it.
“I am not very patient, I have to be honest. I like to get things done quickly. But I know this is going to take time and I will have to be patient and make sure I am not rushing it.
“The body will take its time to recover and I have to listen to it. I have been very lucky with injuries in my career and, hopefully, I will come back stronger and fitter than ever.
“Knowing your body is important because you can feel and know when it is ready to start going again.
“Leighton and Seamus came back fit and ready to go. You have to be doing your work with the physios, do your stuff in the gym as well and make sure you are fit when you come back.”