Everton boss David Moyes hopes teenage striker James Vaughan will be able to return to action before the end of the season despite being stretchered off the pitch during the 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
There were fears that the 18-year-old had suffered a serious injury to his left foot after he was taken to hospital as a precaution.
However, Moyes confirmed after the game that Vaughan's injury was not serious and there was no damage to the bone or ligaments.
He told the club's official website: "James has severed an artery. It's not a break but there was spurting blood out.
"The doctor has stitched him up but the foot has blown up again.
"He's done great and he's that type of lad. I just hope we're not going to lose him because we can't afford to lose any more players."
Vaughan has started Everton's last four Premiership games and scored in Monday's draw with Bolton and the Good Friday thrashing of Fulham.