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Mirallas may return for Christmas period

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Mirallas was forced off during the win against QPR. Credit: PA

Everton forward Kevin Mirallas has not sustained significant damage to his right ankle and is likely to be available within a couple of weeks according to manager Roberto Martinez.

The Belgium international was carried off on a stretcher after being chopped down by Jordon Mutch having previously scored in the 3-1 win over QPR on Monday.

However, Everton's worst fears have been allayed after scans revealed minor ligament damage which should mean Mirallas is available for at least part of the festive period.

"We have great news as we were very worried after the game because it was an action where you feel the ankle is definitely damaged," said Martinez.

"The damage is the least it could be. It is an external ligament in his ankle and the way he is as a quick healer I don't expect him to be out for too long.

"I wouldn't rule him out for any of the fixtures over the Christmas period."

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Pardew praises 'fabulous' Harry Kane

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Harry Kane: simply fabulous. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has predicted a bright England future for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

The 21-year-old frontman is busily making a name for himself at White Hart Lane after emerging from the Academy ranks, and Pardew, while wary of him as he prepares to take his Magpies team to north London for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup quarter-final clash with Spurs, is excited by him.

The 53-year-old, who watched Kane score in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League victory at Swansea, said: "I think he is fabulous.

"I watched him on Sunday and when you have got an English striker who can do 13km at pace and have the quality and technical ability in the box, [England manager] Roy Hodgson should count himself very lucky."

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