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Everton are still reflecting on a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, in a game that exposed their lack of firepower in the absence of Belgian loanee Romelu Lukaku, but manager Roberto Martinez insists that the youngster will return stronger from his ankle injury.
"Romelu has been working really well and been looking fresh and ready. It has been such a demanding season for him," Martinez told evertontv.
"You need to refresh a little bit and get back even stronger and that is where we will see the benefit. He watches every single game and has been keeping an eye on what we have been doing."
There were big expectations placed on loan signing Lacina Traore, with the Ivorian arriving on loan from AS Monaco in the January transfer window, but just as the Ivorian began to find his feet at Goodison Park, he sustained an injury in the warm up at Stamford Bridge last weekend, and Martinez is naturally disappointed by the news.
“It is going to take a long period of time, which at this stage of the season will be a big miss. It will be weeks rather than months," he said.
“It’s a really disappointing outcome. He was ready and had been working really hard since he arrived at the club. Starting the game at Chelsea was the next target after Swansea and for him to pull his hamstring in the last action of the warm-up was a really disappointing moment."
Meanwhile, the Toffees have pulled off something of a coup by beating Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs to the signing of 15-year-old Irish winger Stephen Kinsella. Academy manager Alan Irvine was ecstatic to bag the youngster, saying; "I am delighted Stephen will be joining us. He is a very talented player who was wanted by many other Clubs and who has decided to come to Everton. He’s a winger who has the ability to go past players and we are very much looking forward to working with him."
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