Johnson thankful on knock
By James Pearson. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Everton striker Andy Johnson is delighted the ankle injury he picked up in the side's 2-0 win at Wigan was not as bad as first thought.
It had been feared the former Crystal Palace man broke his ankle after a collision with Latics shot-stopper Chris Kirkland.
However, scans have revealed no break and that the fleet-footed striker would only be out of action for a couple of weeks rather than months.
Johnson has stated he would normally avoid contact where possible and is unhappy doing that in the past has seen him branded a 'diver'.
"Usually I try to ride those sort of challenges and try to jump over the goalkeeper but recently I have been branded a diver for doing that," he said to the club's official website.
"My foot was planted and it was a sore one. It was a silly challenge and it took us both out but I'm sure he (Kirkland) didn't mean it.
"I've gone in for a challenge with Kirkland and heard a crack. I looked down to check that my ankle was still in place!
"I was so scared that it would be pointing the wrong way but thankfully, I've got out of jail.
"I went to the hospital for checks and X-rays to see if it was broken. I only stayed for a couple of hours and then came home.
"The fact that there were no cracks or fractures or dislocation was the main thing."