Following Evertons’ 3-1 away win at Fulham last weekend, Everton midfielder and play-maker Ross Barkley suffered an injury on his calf and is set to miss out on the clash against Arsenal.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez told EvertonTv…
“Ross had a knock on his calf and he is recovering well from it,”
“He is such a powerful boy that he coped with that knock well but obviously it was a problem straight after when the body gets cold.
“He’s such a quick healer and a young man so we hope he is going to recover in time for the game on Sunday.
“Over the next three or four days we will have a clearer idea of where he is and we are going to treat every day as it comes.”
The 20-year-old joined Evertons’ first team squad this season, scoring his first goal for the club on the opening day in a 2–2 draw against Norwich City, and was later named man of the match.
Also During the first half of this season, Barkley has put in several man-of-the-match performances, notably against Arsenal and Swansea City – the latter whom he scored the winner against. With the club manager Martínez describing Barkley as a mix of Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack.
The Everton boss also gave an update on key defender Phil Jagielka, who has missed the Toffees’ last six games with a hamstring injury.
Martinez continued: “It’s important that with the amount of games we will be experiencing that we look after Phil and make sure he is allowed to build a good degree of match fitness.
“We are going to take a real cautious approach and take each day as it comes.
“It’s great to see Phil around the place and having a big influence with the group. That’s as important for us as it is for him to be on the pitch.
“We’ll try to get him on the pitch as quickly as we can but we are making sure he’s 100 per cent.”
Going by the records of Barkley, his absence in this Weekends clash would go along way in ensuring our dominace in the midfield as the 20-year-old had earlier this season caused problems for the gunners by putting up a man-of-the-match performance with Martínez describing him as a mix of Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack.
Also Jagielka has over the years been a major part of the Toffees’ defence but has been sidelined for over 6weeks due to a hamstring injury, which is also set to keep him out of the top-four showdown this Sunday.