Roberto Martinez discloses update to Everton fans about John Stones' injury status

John Stones

Roberto Martinez has praised the resilience of Everton defender John Stones.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is quoted by Goal as saying that John Stones played through the pain against Norwich City today.

The Toffees somehow only mustered a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road, as Romelu Lukaku's first-half opener was cancelled out by Wes Hoolahan's scrambled equaliser.

Everton were on top for virtually the entire first half, but Lukaku was guilty of missing some major chances before Hoolahan made them pay for their profligacy.

One of the major concerns for Everton during the game was that star defender John Stones suffered an injury in the first half, but manage to play through the pain and finish the match.

It was a superb show of resiliency from Stones, and manager Martinez is certainly delighted to have seen him finish the match and earn his side a point.

As quoted by Goal, Martinez has admitted that Stones actually suffered an ankle injury in the pre-match warm-up, but decided he didn't want to miss the game or come off during the match.

"John is a young man growing so quickly, he is very mature and a leader in the group," said Martinez. "He twisted his ankle but didn't want to come off. He produced a very strong and dominant performance of a man who plays well beyond his years," he added.

Martinez's update suggests that Stones is okay after his injury, and that there are no major problems going forward for the England international - a major boost for Everton on a disappointing day where they couldn't convert their chances to beat Norwich.

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