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Roberto Martinez fears Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could be missing for up to five months due to a knee injury.

Last Updated: 16/08/14 at 21:07 Post Comment

Ross Barkley: Everton midfielder could be out until January

Ross Barkley: Everton midfielder could be out until January

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Barkley damaged the medial ligament in his right knee in training on Friday and was forced to sit out Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Leicester City in Everton’s opening game of the Premier League season.

It was initially suggested that Barkley could be sidelined for up to six weeks, but the England international may not play again until January.

"He had a scan but it was a bit difficult to determine the extent,” said Martinez after the draw at Leicester. “With the swelling we don't really know how bad the injury is.

"We know it's a partial tear but that could be anything between seven weeks and I've seen injuries like that take four or five months.

"Ross Barkley is a phenomenal footballer and we're going to miss him, there's no doubt about it. He was so sharp in pre-season, I thought he came back with a different approach.

"He was very unfortunate to (sustain the injury) through an innocuous challenge in training and now he's going to be out for a long, long time.

"The squad should be big enough to be able to cope with losing a player and be able to perform well, but it's a disappointing moment when Ross Barkley was going to have a really big start to the season.

"Now it's coping with the frustration and allowing him to come back when he's fully fit and ready for whatever's left in the season."

The injury is also a blow to England, with Barkley looking certain to miss the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Switzerland, San Marino and Estonia at the very least.

Barkley is no stranger to serious injury having broken his leg in three places on England Under-19 duty in 2010.

Martinez backed the 20-year-old to cope with his latest setback, saying: "He's a very mature boy.

"He was very disappointed because he was looking forward to the start of the season and he put a lot of extra work in because he came back from the World Cup with a real desire to start the season well.

"He's been through periods of bad adversity before and he knows how to cope with that.

"As a football club we're going to be with him and make sure that he's not suffering too much while he's away. I think the ones that are going to suffer is us."

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