Roberto Martinez confirms loan striker WILL stay at Everton

Lacina Traore

Everton are set to hold onto Lacina Traore despite his recent injury concerns.

Roberto Martinez today confirmed that Lacina Traore will remain with Everton despite facing up to five weeks on the sidelines.

The Ivory Coast international has made just one appearance since securing a loan move to Goodison Park in January after he suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up before last month's defeat to Chelsea, leading to fears that he might never play for the Toffees again.

But consultations with specialists in England and France earlier this week revealed that the extent of Traore's injury did not require surgery, which would have seen Everton void their agreement with Monaco, and that the striker will return to action before the end of this season.

And Martinez believes the towering 23-year-old can provide an additional boost during the season run-in as Everton bid to secure European qualification for the first time since 2009.

"We've seen the specialist and everything has been organised for a specific treatment for the next five weeks so we'll see how that [injury] recovers. We're working with Monaco but we're going to take the leading role in that respect," he told his pre-match press conference.

"Obviously you can imagine he was emotionally really down and devastated at the Chelsea game, and I do feel that if we can get him fit before the season ends we're going to see a player really hungry and desperate to help the team.

"All we want is for Lacina to recover well, to be fully fit, to make sure that he's got a little bit of a say in our season and make sure that he's fully fit for the World Cup.

"It's been a difficult time for Lacina but it's nothing that he's done wrong. Everything has been a freak accident and I know for sure that if he is fully fit before the season ends he'll be a massive boost to the team."

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