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Barkley could miss six weeks, reveals Everton boss Martinez

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By Andrew Tuft

Monday 13 January 2014

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed midfielder Ross Barkley is thought to have suffered a fractured toe, the Guardian has reported, which would keep the England international out of action for up to six weeks.

Ross Barkley

Barkley sat out Everton’s weekend win over Norwich City after picking up the injury in the FA Cup victory over Queens Park Rangers. Everton face away trips to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur over the next month or so but it appears Barkley will be on the sidelines, if the worst-case scenario is confirmed.

“Ross’s toe could be broken and he might be out for a while,” Martinez said. “We will assess it to see if there is a displacement. It is very similar to what happened to Leighton Baines. We fear it could be a fracture.”

Baines suffered his injury in the first Merseyside derby of the season, having to be replaced shortly after half-time following a first-half collision with Jordan Henderson. He missed six weeks of playing time, with Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo deputising on the left of defence.

“Sometimes if the problem is well settled they can play straight away,” Martinez added. “Otherwise they need six weeks or even longer. Leighton’s was a bad one, it took six weeks.”

Barkley will nevertheless travel with the Everton squad to Tenerife for warm weather training this week. Martinez suggested that the improved climate will do the player’s recovery good, although further scans are required to determine the extent of the problem.

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