Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed midfielder Gareth Barry will be out of action for a considerable period with an ankle injury, reports BBC Sport.
The England international was fouled by Sunderland’s Jordi Gomez during their 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, and initially many were worried the 33-year-old had broken his leg. Martinez revealed there was no break, but that his ankle injury will need further diagnosis.
“Happy to confirm it’s not the broken leg we were worried about. There is ankle damage we must assess,” he said.
Gomez was given a yellow card for the foul, and Gareth Barry was replaced by Darron Gibson, who is now likely to deputise in his absence this season.
Barry has been a mainstay in the middle of the park for the last 18 months at Everton, making his loan deal permanent with the Toffees last summer.
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