More injury woe for Everton as key midfielder looks set for lengthy absence

Gareth Barry suffered a nasty looking ankle injury earlier today.

Everton have certainly not had great luck when it comes to injuries this season. The likes of Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz have all suffered long-term injuries during the campaign for Everton.

Now it looks like Gareth Barry can join the list.

Barry came in to the game against Sunderland today at the Stadium of Light carrying a niggle. The veteran midfielder hurt his ankle in a robust challenge with Sebastien Corchia of Lille in midweek.

But despite this Everton decided to keep him in the starting XI - rather than simply let Darron Gibson replace him.

It looks like that back-fired dramatically for Roberto Martinez.

Barry was caught on the affected limb in a challenge by Jordi Gomez and he immediately writhed around the floor in obvious agony.

In the end he was stretchered off with his ankle heavily wrapped - this is not going to be a quick recovery. Barry is not the type of player to fuss, so for him to be in the pain he clearly was, there is clearly something wrong with the Everton stalwart.

With games against Wolfsburg and Tottenham this month Everton fans will be hoping it is not as serious as it appeared.

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