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Big Sam: 'Gylfi will be back this season'


Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson

Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson

Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson

Everton manager Sam Allardyce is optimistic club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson will be back before the end of the season.

The club suggested in a statement on Wednesday the Iceland midfielder's knee injury would sideline him for six to eight weeks.

However, Allardyce was unhappy with that estimation. "Someone gave out the wrong statement. It can be less than that. Whoever gave that statement out is going to get a b********g today - so well done," said the Toffees boss.

"You cannot predict a length of injury in its entirety because you have people who heal quicker. Obviously Gylfi's recovery time could be shorter than we might expect.

"Medics and specialists give a conservative view and you try to beat that and try to get Gylfi back as soon as you can.

"We have a highly-qualified medical staff and equipment to try to speed up any injury and I always felt it the wrong thing to do to tag an injury for its time limits because people recover quicker than others.

"You want to avoid setbacks so they don't react that time and if you can get it before then you have perhaps done well. For me it is how is it in the next two weeks? When you sustain an injury immediately after there is a settling down period and then it is how quickly the player recovers."

Allardyce was spotted at Manchester United's midweek Champions League match with Sevilla, whose midfielder Steven Nzonzi has been linked with a reunion with the Toffees boss having signed him at former club Blackburn.

Asked about his trip to Old Trafford, Allardyce said: "I went to watch a couple of players from Seville."