Everton manager Roberto Martinez has played down suggestions Ross Barkley could be missing until the New Year after it was suggested the England international would be missing for five months with a knee injury, Sky
Barkley suffered a knee injury in training shortly before the start of the new Premier League season and it was reported shortly after that the 20-year-old was facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. But Martinez has indicated Barkley could return sooner rather than later.
“His knee has reacted really well to treatment,” Martinez revealed. “I don’t know where the figure of five months [in the papers] came from but obviously the extent of the injury is a little unsure at the moment because we don’t know how the next two weeks are going to develop.
“It’s a medial ligament injury and we know that Ross, in terms of the power and the strength that he has in his body, he could easily react to treatment a lot better than other players,” he continued. The length that Ross will be out is a little uncertain at the moment and it could be anything between the eight weeks that we mentioned or a little further.”
Without Barkley Everton began the new season with a 2-2 draw at newly-promoted Leicester City, Aiden McGeady putting the Toffees in front before Leonardo Ulloa equalised. Steven Naismith scored a second but Chris Wood’s late goal gave the Foxes a point.
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