Allardyce hopeful of Sigurdsson return before end of the season

Sam Allardyce has revealed he is optimistic thath Everton’s club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson will be fit again before the end of the season.

The club had hinted in a statement released on Wednesday that the midfielder’s knee injury would likely sideline him for six to eight weeks.

Despite that statement, Allardyce was unhappy with the prediction according to scr888 Thailand.

“Someone gave out the wrong statement. It can be less than that. Whoever gave that statement out is going to get a b********g today – so well done,” said the Toffees boss.

“You cannot predict a length of injury in its entirety because you have people who heal quicker. Obviously Gylfi’s recovery time could be shorter than we might expect.

“Medics and specialists give a conservative view and you try to beat that and try to get Gylfi back as soon as you can.

“We have a highly-qualified medical staff and equipment to try to speed up any injury and I always felt it the wrong thing to do to tag an injury for its time limits because people recover quicker than others.

“You want to avoid setbacks so they don’t react that time and if you can get it before then you have perhaps done well.

“For me it is how is it in the next two weeks? When you sustain an injury immediately after there is a settling down period and then it is how quickly the player recovers.

“Gylfi’s motivation is obviously to get back playing for us and playing for Iceland in the World Cup.”

 

Everton travel to second-bottom Stoke City on Saturday, hoping to follow up last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Brighton with another win.

 

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