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Everton fear rising star Ross Barkley could be out for several weeks with a foot injury.

Last Updated: 11/01/14 at 19:03 Post Comment

Ross Barkley: Suffering with an injured toe

Ross Barkley: Suffering with an injured toe

The midfielder was forced to miss the Toffees' 2-0 Barclays Premier League win over Norwich at Goodison Park with what could be a broken toe.

Barkley suffered the injury during the FA Cup third-round win over QPR last weekend, a match in which he also scored.

Manager Roberto Martinez said: "We are going to assess him and it seems he is going to be out for a while. It could be broken.

"We are going to assess it to see if there was displacement or not. It is a very similar incident to the one Leighton Baines had.

"Before we say exactly what it is, that is the fear, that there could be a fracture in his toe."

Left-back Baines returned to action at Christmas after a month on the sidelines with his injury.

Barkley, 20, has made a huge impression this season having been given regular first-team opportunities by Martinez.

His performances have also earned him three England caps and he is firmly in the reckoning for a place in Roy Hodgson's summer World Cup squad.

The injury will not prevent Barkley travelling with the squad to a warm-weather training camp in Tenerife ahead of next week's trip to West Brom.

Martinez said: "Knowing Ross, being a young man, hopefully with the sun - a bit of vitamin D intake, it will accelerate the (healing) process."


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