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Fellow midfielder Rodwell also not ready for first team action

Everton midfielder Leon Osman will be out of first team action for a further six weeks after the ankle problem he suffered during the 2-0 Merseyside derby victory over Liverpool on 17th October was worse than first feared.

The Englishman was expected to be back in action within six weeks of picking up the injury but has been forced to undergo surgery to take away a piece of floating bone from the ankle and will therefore be on the sidelines for a further six weeks.

Speaking to Sky Sports on the subject of the midfielder, Everton manager David Moyes said: "We expected him to be out for four to six weeks, but we think he probably be out for another six weeks now.

"He seems fine. Hopefully this will help his ankle."

Moyes also appears to have ruled out young midfielder Jack Rodwell from their Premier League clash with Blackpool on Saturday.

Rodwell has been out since the end of August after picking up an ankle injury in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

The 19-year-old followed up his appearance as an unused substitute in the victory over Stoke City last weekend with 50 minutes for the reserves in midweek, but it appears that Moyes will not risk starting him against Blackpool.

"I think he is close but I don't think he is quite ready yet," Moyes continued.

"We may continue to include him on the bench but I don't think he is quite fully confident in his ankle yet.

"He played 50 minutes in the reserves and more than likely he will be included again tomorrow.

"But do I think he is ready to start? No, I don't.

"He is back ahead of schedule but it is likely to be another couple of weeks."

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