London - Everton's newly-recruited midfielder Tom Cleverly
has sustained ligament damage but he has not fractured his ankle as initially
feared, manager Roberto Martinez said on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Cleverley, who joined the club on a free
transfer from Manchester United, was carried off on a stretcher late in the
first half of Saturday's 0-0 Premier League draw at Tottenham Hotspur after a
challenge by Eric Dier.
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"We thought that it was a fracture and to have a
fracture at this stage of the season for Tom would have been devastating
because his form has been terrific," the 42-year-old Martinez told the
club's website (www.evertonfc.com).
"He has got ligament damage and the next step will be
to see how long he is going to be out.
"It's an injury we need to try and recover as quickly
as we can but clearly it's good news from when we saw Tom falling to the ground
at White Hart Lane," Martinez added.For
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