Roberto Martinez is keeping his fingers crossed Kevin Mirallas has not suffered a serious injury
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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."
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and left-back Aleksandar Kolarov could both return for Saturday's Premier League clash with Everton after overcoming calf injuries.
Captain Vincent Kompany (hamstring) and playmaker David Silva (knee) remain on the sidelines while striker Stevan Jovetic is rested as a precaution after suffering a knock in the midweek win at Sunderland.
There are no concerns about midfielder Yaya Toure although he missed training on Friday due to a sore throat.
Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Navas, Milner, Nasri, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard, Aguero, Dzeko, Pozo.
Everton are set to have defender Antolin Alcaraz back available for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Alcaraz is poised to return to action after missing six games in all competitions due to a shoulder problem.
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez does not expect Steven Naismith, James McCarthy (both hamstring) or Darron Gibson (knee) to be ready to make their comebacks this weekend, but Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo may feature as their return to fitness continues.
Provisional squad: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Garbutt, McGeady, Barry, Barkley, Osman, Mirallas, Lukaku, Robles, Hibbert, Pienaar, Besic, Atsu, Eto'o, Alcaraz, Kone, Oviedo.