Everton’s Barry to return sooner than first feared

Following the heavy challenge that saw him stretchered off at the weekend, it is now thought that Everton’s Gareth Barry will only miss weeks not months, according to the BBC.

Jordi Gomez’s late tackle saw Barry go down in a heap before eventually being stretchered off amid fears he had broken his leg or ankle.

However in positive news it appears that the midfielder is not facing a huge amount of time on the side lines and could return in a number of weeks and not months.

Having been taken to hospital, assessment of the 33-year-old appears to have ruled out any serious injury.

A statement on the club’s website said: “His ankle is still very swollen, which complicates assessment, but the Everton medical staff have confirmed that there is ligament damage in the area.

“Although it is too early to estimate a length of absence, it is hopeful the time out will be weeks rather than months.”

Barry has firmly established himself amongst the Everton ranks following his arrival from Manchester City – initially on loan before the transfer was made permanent this summer.

In total the England midfielder has played 52 times in Everton colours, scoring three goals.

15 of those appearances have been this season already and he could be a big miss for manager Roberto Martinez.

The Spaniard does have options however with the likes of Darron Gibson and Muhamed Besic.

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