Manager Sam Allardyce has reacted with anger to last night’s suggestions that Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson would be out for between six to eight weeks.
Sky Sports have reported within the last hour that Allardyce dismissed that time scale following his injury at his press conference today, and said no time scale can be put on his absence but he remained fully confident Sigurdsson would take to the pitch again this season for Everton.
‘Whoever gave that statement out is going to get a right telling off because you cannot predict a length of injury in its entirety. You have people who heal quicker. We’ve got a highly qualified medical staff and equipment to try and speed up any injury. I’ve always felt it’s the wrong thing to do, to tag an injury for its time limits because people recover quicker than others.’
Allardyce went on to say.
‘For me, it’s how the injury is in the next two weeks. When you sustain a knee injury, there’s a settling down period immediately afterwards and then it’s how quickly the player recovers. Gylfi’s motivation is to get back playing for us and for Iceland at the World Cup.’
With Sigurdsson being sidelined for however many weeks it turns out to be, the former England gaffer did hint that Wayne Rooney could return to the No 10 slot in his absence.
‘Who knows where Rooney will play? He’s played the No 10 role in a 4-3-3 before the role he played for the first time on Saturday, where he took over from Gana and produced a top-quality performance. But all our performances at home are at the highest level, particularly since I’ve been here. West Brom was probably the only performance that wasn’t good and we managed to get a point out of that.’