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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 June, 2003, 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK
Wright positive after freak injury
Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright
Wright has only just recovered from knee surgery
Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright is confident that he will be fit for the start of the season after falling from a loft.

The England international, who joined the Toffees from Arsenal in a 3.5m deal a year ago, has damaged his right shoulder and will spend most of pre-season on the sidelines.

Wright also revealed that the injury was down to packing away his suitcases.

He has only just recovered from a knee operation he had the day after the final game of last season.

I'm not superstitious but the accident was on Friday the 13th
Keeper Richard Wright

But Wright has set his sights on being ready for the opening game of the Premiership season.

"I'm pretty confident that I can get myself back quickly. I spoke to the specialist and he was positive.

"I'm not superstitious but the accident was on Friday the 13th and I am going to be careful now what I do on certain dates.

"I wasn't doing any DIY, I had just come back from holiday and I was sorting my suitcases out and I fell off the ladder and landed on my shoulder."

If Wright does not recover in time then Everton will start the season with either Paul Gerrard or Steve Simonsen in goal, with youngster Iain Turner on the bench.

And that could well scupper any chance Gerrard had of a summer move to Ipswich.




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