Everton’s Kevin Mirallas has avoided a long stint on the sidelines after scans revealed his hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared.
The Belgian limped off the pitch during his side’s 2-1 win over Sunderland, with initial concerns that the 25-year-old could miss up to a month of football.
But scans have since revealed the damage is not too serious, and the 5.5-million-pound summer signing from Olympiacos should be fit to return against Norwich in the Premier League on November 24.
Mirallas will definitely miss Belgium’s friendly with Romania on Wednesday night and will remain on Merseyside to recuperate from the injury.
He lasted just 29 minutes against Martin O’Neill’s side before succumbing to injury, but David Moyes’ men had enough determination to secure the win after going behind in the first half.
Adam Johnson opened the scoring for the visitors, but the home side fought back with goals on 76 and 79 minutes by Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic respectively.
Everton now sit in a Champions League qualifying position with 20 points from 11 games, just seven behind league leaders Manchester United.
The forward has one goal and three assists in the Premier League so far this season, and turned in a fine display during his side’s 2-2 derby draw with rivals Liverpool before being forced off at half-time with an injury.