A report from the Daily Mail has suggested the reason behind Everton's injury problems.
The Daily Mail has suggested two possible reasons for the current injuries plaguing Roberto Martinez’s squad at Everton.
The Toffees currently have a number of key first team stars in the treatment room, which has affected their performances through one of the busiest parts of the season.
“Martinez was asked for an injury bulletin at the start of Monday’s press conference and reeled off a succession of experienced names that included Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert and, most significantly, James McCarthy,” reports the Mail.
“The Republic of Ireland international — Everton’s standout performer — is again sidelined with hamstring damage and that injury has afflicted a number of players, including Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith this season.”
“Everton, unusually, only played five games in pre-season, leading to claims, which Martinez refuted, that they were under-cooked. There has been upheaval behind the scenes recently with Danny Donachie, the respected head of medicine, leaving abruptly.”
Everton’s pre-season certainly can’t be attributed to their current struggles, but could partly explained injuries during the early start of the campaign.
It’s common for top flight sides to play plenty of friendly games before the start of the season to help players gain match fitness and grow stronger after not playing throughout the summer.
However, Everton did have players away at the World Cup in Brazil, which could explain why Martinez was reluctant for the club to schedule more friendly games.
Everton’s head of medicine leaving the club certainly wouldn’t have helped the situation.
Stability and consistency at football clubs is vital across all areas and Donachie’s departure could well have created a bit of disillusionment in terms of where Everton’s medical department is heading.
However, Everton are a well established and big Premier League side. Both of these reported reasons for their injury problems this season are a little thin and the club needs to pull themselves together and move forward.