Everton striker Andy Johnson hopes to be back inside a fortnight as he recovers from an ankle op.
He told evertonTV: "I am fine. I had the clean out of my ankle a few weeks ago and it is looking likely that I will probably only have about two weeks to go.
"In my mind, the gaffer's mind and the medical staff it was the right thing to do.
"I am looking forward to getting back fit and carrying on from my goal against Newcastle.
"It is a long season. We are in a massive competition in Europe, still in the FA Cup, Carling Cup and there are still 30 games to go in the league so it is a massive season for me.
"It is better getting this done now and only missing two games than half way down the line missing about 10/11 games."