Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park came with a hint of reality, as Kevin Mirallas suffered a setback with a recurring hamstring injury.
Sunday’s game marked a return to action for the Belgium international who had previously missed Everton’s last four games through injury to the very same hamstring.
David Moyes is awaiting further information on the extent of the injury after taking the player off at half-time. He’s hoping that this won’t be a long-term problem for the Toffees.
Moyes himself is sanguine about the latest injury complaint, stating that “We don’t think he has done his hamstring, he just felt it had tightened up.”
“I don’t think it is bad but the last thing you want to see is the recurrence of a hamstring injury,” said Moyes.
Moyes was full of praise for the player, stating that “You can see what he offered us in the first half, something which we have probably missed.”
Whilst Everton might have missed the sight of Mirallas in the starting line-up, his team-mates certainly saw off Spurs with a 2-1 win, albeit in a rather nail biting fashion. Nikica Jelavic bagged the injury-time winner after Steven Pienaar’s 90th minute goal levelled terms.
The Toffees boss was happy with the Croatian getting his first goal in a month, “There were signs he was getting a little bit better but he looked a bit frustrated because we weren’t getting the ball to him enough.” Moyes then stated that, “If he can keep getting the goals, and with Steven getting one, it keeps us moving along nicely.”