Mirallas still not over ankle injury

, 12 January, 14comments  |  Jump to most recent

Kevin Mirallas admits that he is still feeling pain in the ankle that was initially damaged at the end of last month's win over Queens Park Rangers.

The forward's comments to Belgian media provide some context to his reduced playing time in recent weeks which has seen him complete the full 90-minutes just once since.

The 27 year-old started the cup tie against West Ham last week but was withdrawn after 65 minutes and only played 15 minutes of Saturday's draw with Manchester City.

Mirallas was chopped down by a poor challenge from QPR's Jordan Mutch a month ago and had to be stretchered off the field. He missed the following game at Southampton but returned against Stoke City the week after, only to pick up a knock to the same ankle.

He was able to finish the game but was dropped back to the bench for the game at Newcastle two days later and was withdrawn after an hour at Hull. "I'm still not 100% fit," he told Telenet Sport.  

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Will Firstbrook
2 Posted 12/01/2015 at 17:25:42
Another one being rushed back too quickly. Bloody hell!
Jim Bennings
3 Posted 12/01/2015 at 17:37:00
Rushed back because McGeady and Atsu have done their best impressions of Laurel &Hardy in the playing time they have had!
Bill Gall
4 Posted 12/01/2015 at 17:46:26
As it looks like he will be moving at the end of the season Martinez may be showcasing him to increase his transfer fee.
John Malone
5 Posted 12/01/2015 at 18:14:45
What a shite comment, Bill Gall.
Paul Dark
6 Posted 12/01/2015 at 18:27:35
All this injury business reflects very badly on the club, almost certainly on Martinez. He has previous, after all.

Why can't we have a calm, professional, quietly sensible manager like Koeman?

I really like Mirallas.

Colin Glassar
7 Posted 12/01/2015 at 18:37:16
Yes, Martinez injures his own players. Next!!
James Stewart
8 Posted 12/01/2015 at 19:03:24
Rotten season. Our best players have hardly played a handful of games together.
Howard Parr
9 Posted 12/01/2015 at 20:22:39
Might explain why he was the only one vs The Hammers who never broke sweat. I agree he's been rushed, but also that we have little else wide.

Atsu has been a bad move.

Will Firstbrook
10 Posted 12/01/2015 at 20:32:42
Agreed we have little by way of wide options and therefore the temptation to bring him back into the squad a bit prematurely. However, considering Kev's style of play and his own history of nagging long-term injuries, seems folly to risk it until he is 100%.

Lord how I wish our skilled players were built like the seemingly indestructible Barry.

Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 12/01/2015 at 23:25:49
Howard Parr, Kevin never breaks sweat in plenty of games.
Keith Meakin
12 Posted 13/01/2015 at 04:08:39
Absolutely ridiculous to play him 65 mins here and 25 mins there, If Kevin's not quite over his injury then he should be rested. How many other players are still playing on with niggling injuries.We will be lucky to see a fully fit Mirallas at this rate.
Tony Doran
13 Posted 13/01/2015 at 09:26:21
When these pros say they feel slight pain, it must be really bad... (Not!)
James Marshall
14 Posted 13/01/2015 at 12:31:49
It's really terrible that Everton players are the only ones who get injured.

*shakes fist*

Get a grip gents.

Tony Doran
15 Posted 14/01/2015 at 09:16:26
Looked very sore on that free kick and dribble against the hammers. You sometimes wonder if he's inviting the manager to leave him out.

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