AJ boost cheers Toffees

23 April 2007 05:46
Everton are hopeful that Andrew Johnson will be fit to face Manchester United at the weekend after scans on the striker's injured ankle revealed only a sprain. The England hitman lasted less than ten minutes of last weekend's 1-0 defeat at West Ham after picking up the problem in the opening exchanges at Upton Park. Johnson had scans on the injured ankle in Liverpool on Monday and the results have provided Toffees boss David Moyes with a welcome boost ahead of Saturday's visit of the Premiership leaders. However, Moyes will no doubt be cautious with his 12-goal striker as Johnson missed three weeks earlier in the season after injuring his ankle against Wigan and was pulled out of an England squad to face Spain in a February friendly after suffering a recurrence of the problem. "AJ has had a scan and that seems to confirm our clinical diagnosis that he sprained his ankle," Everton's head physiotherapist Mick Rathbone told the club's official website. "It's too soon to estimate recovery time but the good thing is that the player normally heals quite quickly so it's fingers crossed as far as we are concerned." Johnson has made 35 appearances for the Toffees this season after arriving at Goodison Park for £8.6million from Crystal Palace in the summer.

Source: ESA