Mirallas could be out for 3 weeks


Everton haven't made any announcement about the extent of Kevin Mirallas' hamstring injury but the Mail appear to be speculating on the Belgian's condition nonetheless.

Dominic King suggests that "Everton fear" the 25 year-old could miss the remainder of the month if he has suffered a grade two muscle tear, which rumours on Merseyside suggest is the case.

Mirallas has pulled out of Belgium's squad for their friendly this week after limping out of Saturday's win over Sunderland gingerly holding the hamstring in his left leg.

It's the second home game running where the ex-Olympiacos man has had to leave the game before half time — an ankle injury following an ugly stamp by Luis Suarez forced him off against Liverpool last month but he recovered in time to play at Fulham six days later.

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Sam Hoare
471 Posted 13/11/2012 at 23:19:42
Given the way he seemed to walk off fairly easily there is cause to hope that it is only a grade 1 tear and thus he should only be out for 1-2 weeks. Hopefully. Would like him back for the Arsenal game at least.
Ciarán McGlone
477 Posted 13/11/2012 at 23:41:43
Worrying news, given our lack of quality in depth...
Patrick Murphy
478 Posted 13/11/2012 at 23:40:01
I noticed that when he was close to the dugout after the injury, he appeared angry and frustrated and Distin was leaning over the wall having a word. I suppose it was just down to the injury, but could it be that he wasn't fully fit before the game or was just annoyed by the injury, did anyone else notice the incident?
Lyndon Lloyd
480 Posted 13/11/2012 at 23:48:23
I assumed at the time that, like the rest of us, his anger and frustration was down to the fact that he'd had to go off injured in the first half when he was having another good game, 2 weeks after the same thing happened in the derby.
Anthony Lewis
482 Posted 14/11/2012 at 00:03:31
That was just frustration. He was playing well, by far the best player on the pitch at the time. It looked to me like Distin was asking him if it was a bad one...

If that was me, I would've been well pissed off.

Peter Thistle
492 Posted 14/11/2012 at 02:50:14
The Mail know nothing, wait until the club reveal the true details.
Adolf Ng
499 Posted 14/11/2012 at 06:24:24
Perhaps this resolves the discussion on whether Donovan should return in January for at least a loan deal (if he wants to in the first place). Like it or not, the fact is that we are clearly lacking depth, and under such situations, stop gaps are necessary to ensure that the season will not be derailed...
Sam Hoare
511 Posted 14/11/2012 at 08:13:15
Although I do agree that we are lacking in depth I do think we are better off out wide than in previous seasons.

We have Naismith (who I think will get better), Coleman (who is looking improved in his forward play) and possibly Oviedo (who could always play on the left and move pienaar to the right). There's also Gueye and Mcaleny from the youth teams.

A season or so ago it was really just Coleman or either Anichebe or Osman playing out of position.

Of course none of these options look as good as Mirallas but that is a testament to how well he has been playing. Hopefully he's back before the Arse.

Sam Hoare
513 Posted 14/11/2012 at 08:22:42
Echo story out today saying he could be back for Norwich. Think that may hopefully be Gibson's comeback game too.
Mike Keating
518 Posted 14/11/2012 at 08:49:54
The 'rumours on Merseyside' clearly didn't come from the Echo who claim that the scans show that the injury is 'not as serious as first feared'. Dominic King should be working for Newsnight!
Adam Luszniak
519 Posted 14/11/2012 at 08:50:12
Clearly a big loss as the guy is pure class and another great bargain buy, so lets hope he can play against Norwhich. There seems to be some hope that Gibson may return against Reading. If this is the case I would like to see Nev at RB in the absence of Hibbo, and Coleman pushed up on the right. If that happens I would like to think that although our attacking options would be slightly diminished, we wouldn't concede first and would eventually grind out a result through the in form Fellaini, the ever present Baines/Peinarr and the one touch wonder that is Jelavic.
Chris Davies
523 Posted 14/11/2012 at 09:09:30
Must say, when we lose a right sided player like this, I thank the heavens Anichebe is injured. I don't care how good or bad KM's replacement is, it can't be worse than that big galoot out on the right.
Ciarán McGlone
527 Posted 14/11/2012 at 10:04:39
"and possibly Oviedo (who could always play on the left and move pienaar to the right). "

This would be my choice...I doubt it'll be Moyes'

Trevor Lynes
542 Posted 14/11/2012 at 12:41:30
It's a problem with such a small squad that we cannot take injuries and sustain standards. We MUST buy in January if we are to challenge for the top four position. If we do get into Europe we will need decent cover for every position and we do not have that presently.
Oviedo is unknown as he has not been fully tested. The same goes for Duffy and Hitzlsperger. Gueye is not good enough and Junior has disappeared from the running??

At present we have Hibbert, Anichebe and Gibson injured and no-one yet knows the full extent of Mirallas injury. We have been extremely lucky with Baines and who knows what is in Fellaini's mind what with all the speculation about him? We also have Neville and Distin rapidly approaching the end of their Premier League careers... maybe another season at most!!

Our youngsters are not really pushing their claims so it's a cheque-book move that is needed if Europe is indeed the goal.
Jim Knightley
560 Posted 14/11/2012 at 14:40:58
I don't see the point in moving Pienaar right...when he is clearly at his most effective on the left. If Mirallas is out, we will need him to bear the creative burden, and we will need him in his preferred position. Why not try Oviedo on the right? if we are going to play one person out of position, then it should not be Pienaar, as the link up play between him and Baines is one of our primary strengths.

We must invest in another wide player in January. I think one of the reasons Spurs lost fourth place last year, was because they allowed their reserve wide players to leave, and then played central midfield places wide and ruined their shape. Donovan would be the ideal signing, but I'd to see a right sided player come in on loan, who can offer a bigger threat than out of position Naismith/Anichebe/Osman (After a central midfielder as a priority)

Really hoping Mirallas is back for Norwich, but he must be back for the Arsenal game. They are playing artificially bad at the moment, and we need to create a bunker between us and them, before we get our bad run of fixtures (and Arsenal's and Spurs' improve markedly). The home game against Arsenal is one we cannot afford to lose... So let's get back Mirallas back, and hope Fellaini can avoid a yellow (I'm just waiting for him to be booked...I thought it was going to happen after the Rose challenge this weekend).

Jim Knightley
561 Posted 14/11/2012 at 14:51:02
Good news on Mirallas:

Everton striker Kevin Mirallas is likely to return to action within 10 days after scans revealed a hamstring injury was not as bad as first feared.

Can't really ask for better than that.

Nick Entwistle
569 Posted 14/11/2012 at 15:36:47
Jim, I'm pretty sure Spurs were 4th last year. You mean 3rd to Arsenal?
Jim Knightley
592 Posted 14/11/2012 at 18:12:41
Yeah I meant third Nick.

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