Everton are confident that James Vaughan will be able to play again this season even though the teenger severed an artery in his foot during the 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
Vaughan was taken to hospital after the game and a consultant recommended that the wound should be left to heal naturally.
Everton's head physio Mick Rathbone told the club's official website: "We're cautiously optimistic he'll be back playing within the next three to four weeks.
"The cut didn't look too bad but there was a lot of blood so he went to accident and emergency.
"He wasn't happy about coming off the park. But it would have been a dereliction of duty on my behalf to let him carry on with the amount of blood round the wound.
"You can't be messing around with stuff like that."
The highly-rated 18-year-old has started Everton's last four Premiership games and scored in Monday's draw with Bolton and the Good Friday thrashing of Fulham.