Everton forward Kevin Mirallas is fit and ready for Belgium’s World Cup challenge
Belgium’s physical trainer, Mario Innaurato, has confirmed Everton and Belgium forward Kevin Mirallas has fully recovered from the groin tear he suffered in Everton’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the end of April.
Mirallas scored eight goals for Everton last season, including three in his last four games before the groin injury forced him off in the last moments of the April Goodison Park clash.
The Belgian international bagged the second goal against United, after beating the offside trap and squeezing the ball home from a tight angle.
Speaking after the United game, Everton boss Roberto Martinez payed tribute to the contribution Mirallas had made to Everton’s season as well as expressing his confidence in the Belgian striker’s ability to recover in time to take part in Belgium’s World Cup campaign in Brazil.
“Kevin’s scans came back and they have revealed a small tear in his groin,” said Martinez.
“He is going to be out for the rest of the season which is a real disappointment and a shame because he was in a phenomenal moment of form.
“But the memory we have of his performance against Manchester United is a terrific image. The way he took his goal and how he was a dynamic force throughout the game, it was an outstanding performance.
“It’s a great way to finish the season if it’s the last game he is going to be involved in this campaign. It is not a major injury. It could be anything up to five or six weeks, and that’s looking at the worst-case scenario.
“The most important aspect now is that we get him fully fit and ready to participate with Belgium in the World Cup.”
As The Red-Devils prepare to take on Sweden in Stockholm in a World Cup warm up friendly, Martinez will certainly be happy with news of a full recovery and return to match fitness for Mirallas coming from the Belgian camp.
Speaking in Sweden to the Belgian press, physical trainer Mario Innaurato explained how immediate diagnosis and a specific recovery programme agreed with Everton has enabled Kevin Mirallas to return to full fitness ahead of schedule.
“Through hard work on his recovery Kevin Mirallas has returned to full match fitness quicker than expected,” said Innaurato.
“I have travelled to certain clubs to discuss certain specific programmes for players based on their condition and the amount of games they have played through the season.”