Wednesday 21 March 2012
Everton plan to delay the return to action of injured midfielder Jack Rodwell to allow him to recover fully from a troublesome hamstring injury.
The 21-year-old has played only five times in the Barclays Premier League for his club since making his senior international debut for England in November.
His latest setback saw him pull out of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland in the FA Cup and he is again expected to be absent when Everton face Arsenal on Wednesday.
"I have got confidence he is going to be a top player"
- Steve Round
"We think it is something to do with the nervous system and are exploring that avenue," Everton assistant boss Steve Round told the club's official website.
"The injuries he is sustaining are not always in the same spot.
"We owe it to him to make sure that we are doing the right thing. Maybe just giving him an extra week at this stage is the smart thing to do.
"He is working really hard to strengthen his hamstring. We have got to keep him going, we have got to try and re-strengthen and make sure that he is doing all the right things to prevent it.
"It is just a case of easing him off at the minute and then easing him back.
"Jack is at the stage where he needs to be a regular. This has set him back a little bit but I have got confidence he is going to be a top player."