TOM CLEVERLEY is in contention to face Aston Villa this weekend after scans revealed he did not crack a rib at Everton on Saturday.
The on-loan Manchester United man was forced off at half-time following a first-half run-in with Marouane Fellaini, but has been given the green light to face Villa by the club’s medical staff.
“We’ve had very good news on Tom,” admitted Roberto Martinez.
“He’s had an X-ray and there is no fracture, just bruising to the rib.
“It’s obviously still sore and painful but we’re hoping Tom will react well to treatment and he should be in contention for the weekend.
“We’ll have a better idea at the end of the week but it’s not the bad news we all feared.
“Knowing Tom and the way he always wants to be available, I would say he’ll be available for selection.”
Cleverley himself admits he feared the worst after colliding with one of the Premier League’s most physical players.
“About five minutes before half-time, Fellaini clattered me and I was just struggling to catch my breath after that,” he said.
“He’s a big lad and when he catches you, you know about it.”