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Lukaku injury boost for Everton, but likely to miss Tottenham clash

The Belgian looked in some pain as he was stretchered off against Liverpool.

Roberto Martinez has at least received some good news in the aftermath of his side’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.

Striker Romelu Lukaku was stretchered off after Liverpool’s opening goal after Gareth Barry collided with him.

Initial worries for Lukaku included ankle ligament damage which could involve several months on the sidelines, but Martinez has said he will be without his big frontman for a matter of weeks, rather than months.

He said: ‘There is no ligament damage and the injury is not as bad as we first thought. It will be a case of weeks rather than months.’

Lukaku has made a big impact on Everton this season scoring nine goals in 20 appearances, with some indicating his time on the sidelines could up be up to four weeks.

In that time, Lukaku could miss a huge away game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the league on 9th February as well as missing home clashes with Aston Villa this weekend and Crystal Palace on 12th February. He is also in line to miss the FA Cup tie with Swansea on the weekend of 15/16th February.

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