Lacina Traore's Everton career could be ended next week, Roberto Martinez has warned.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that a decision will be reached on Lacina Traore's future at Goodison Park in the next week.
The towering Ivory Coast international is facing a fresh spell on the sidelines barely a month into his loan spell on Merseyside after suffering a hamstring injury in the warm-up before last weekend's defeat to Chelsea.
Traore has only made one appearance for Everton since securing his switch from Monaco but was on the mark within minutes of that FA Cup fifth round win over Swansea City a fortnight ago.
Martinez hinted yesterday that the Toffees may terminate the 23-year-old's loan if he was ruled out for a prolonged period and has confirmed that the former Anzhi man will visit consultants in both London and Paris next week to ascertain the extent of his current problem.
The Everton boss has also warned that if Traore's injury requires surgery, it will be the end of his short-lived stay on Merseyside.
"We have been working closely with Monaco to ensure we get the best possible treatment on the injury," he told Everton's official website.
"He will now see two specialists next week – one in London and one in Paris. Then we will make the final decision with the parent club.
"If Lacina will be fit by the end of the season, then we will see him in an Everton shirt again, and that is what we are all aiming for."
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