Smith Keen on Duncan
Byline: JONATHAN McEVOY
DUNCAN FERGUSON is eyeing a quick return to action - with the help of a crash fitness course.
Everton manager Walter Smith wants the striker back for his relegationhaunted side's Premiership run-in.
But Smith's eagerness to fast-track the big Scot's recovery is tempered by experience earlier in the campaign when Ferguson was rushed back before he was completely ready and subsequently suffered fresh injuries.
The Goodison boss said:
"Duncan's in training and I'm hoping he can come back to playing at a level where he will give us a run of games towards the end of the season.
"Because of our injury situation at the time he was brought back when he was not fully fit, as we had to do with Kevin Campbell, but that caused him other problems.
"Hopefully we can alleviate that this time round. He could be back for the FA Cup game (against Middlesbrough on March 10) or for the league game after that against Fulham."
Ferguson's season has been blighted by a succession of injuries and he hasn't played since the 2-1 home defeat to Ipswich Town on February 2 after damaging hamstrings in both legs. …