'Gutted' Ross Barkley's message to Everton team-mates

The 20-year-old will miss his side's Premier League opener with a leg injury.

Ross Barkley says he is 'gutted' to miss Everton's first game of the season against Leicester City.

The 20-year-old injured his leg in training on Friday and left the club's training ground wearing a brace.

Reports suggest he could be out for 6-8 weeks - and Barkley has expressed his disappointment at missing the Toffees' Premier League opener.

However, he has wished his team-mates all the best, hoping Roberto Martinez's men can claim the three points.

Barkley is likely to prove a big miss for Everton should he be forced out of the first two months of their campaign.

The 20-year-old scored six times last term, in what was a breakthrough campaign for the attacking midfielder, who also made it into Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.

  TeamPosDribbles WonAppsMins
Eden Hazard Chelsea FW 132 35 2,895
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 93 33 2,964
Raheem Sterling Liverpool FW 92 33 2,218
Ross Barkley Everton MF 80 34 2,286
Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace MF 74 29 2,038

As Opta stats show, Barkley was one of the Premier League's most exciting talents, winning 80 dribbles, the fourth-highest total of any player in the top flight.

Toffees fans will no doubt hope his injury does not prove too serious.

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