Everton have confirmed that an ankle injury suffered by Romelu Lukaku is not as serious as first thought.
The Belgium international, on loan at Everton from Chelsea, was stretchered off during Tuesday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool.
It was described as a “bad injury” by Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who added “it doesn’t look good”.
But scans have subsequently revealed no ligament damage, allaying fears that Lukaku, 20, could miss this summer’s World Cup.
Lukaku, who has scored nine goals since his move to Goodison Park in August, is now expected to be sidelined for weeks rather than months.
He was hurt in an accidental collision with team-mate Gareth Barry.