Everton manager Roberto Martinez has given an update on Ross Barkley’s injury.
The England international suffered a knee ligament injury in training and as yet there is no news as to how long he will be on the side-lines.
But in an interview with Everton’s official website, Martinez revealed that the midfielder has already started his recovery.
“His knee has reacted really well to treatment,” the Spaniard said.
Contrasting reports have speculated as to just how long the 20-year-old will be out for, but Martinez claimed that they may know more in the coming weeks.
“I don’t know where the figure of five months came from," he said, "but obviously the extent of the injury is a little unsure at the moment because we don’t know how the next two weeks are going to develop.
“It’s a medial ligament injury and we know that Ross, in terms of the power and the strength that he has in his body, he could easily react to treatment a lot better than other players.”
However Martinez did suggest that the particularly long absences speculated about in the press may be wide of the mark.
“The length that Ross will be out is a little uncertain at the moment and it could be anything between the eight weeks that we mentioned or a little further.”
Everton fans will be hoping Barkley is back sooner rather than later. However the vital thing is not to rush him back and you can be sure the Toffees will ensure that when the player does return there is no risk of a relapse.
Huge things were expected of Barkley this season and there is still plenty of time for him to prove those hopes were well-founded. But for now it is all about his recovery, as one of England’s brightest prospects prepares to get back to what he does best.