Beattie blow for Everton
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton striker James Beattie could be missing for the next month with a knee injury.Everton striker James Beattie could be missing for the next month after injuring his knee in training.
Beattie hurt his medial ligament as Everton were finalising their preparations for Sunday's Premiership clash at West Brom.
The January signing was expected to be restored to the starting line-up at The Hawthorns but is now facing a lay-off.
The Toffees expect Beattie to require three-to-four weeks' rehabilitation before he is able to play for the club again.
Beattie had been looking to get his Everton career back on track, following his sending off against Chelsea in February.
After serving a three-game suspension, Beattie returned as a half time substitute against Liverpool but may now only feature in the closing three matches of the campaign at the most.
Toffees boss David Moyes confirmed the injury to Beattie and explained how the setback was collected.
"James Beattie tweaked his medial ligaments in training on Friday and will be out for three weeks," said Moyes.
"He fell and we thought it was just a bruise in his knee but he did some shooting work and felt something.
"We've had it scanned and there is a slight medial tear. It is a big blow because we brought him to help us out and wanted to make use of his services."
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