Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that he isn't planning on changing his transfer plans even after losing Tyias Browning.
The Toffees drew 1-1 at Norwich City on Saturday, but have been dealt a blow with the news that 21-year-old defender Browning will be out for the rest of the season.
The Liverpool-born defender has made five Premier League appearances this season, but his campaign is over after a knee injury.
Everton are once again short in defence, given that Browning isn't the only player missing at the back. Phil Jagielka and Bryan Oviedo are also out injured, whilst John Stones had a couple of scares with his ankle against Norwich on Saturday afternoon.
Even after signing centre back Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate over the summer, some supporters have questioned whether the Toffees should be in the market for another defender during the January transfer window.
However, manager Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that he has to be realistic with his squad, and is unlikely to add another player in Browning's absence.
"We always look at how the squad is in every window but we have four first team defenders injured today (Jagielka, Browning, Oviedo and then Stones) and that happens," said Martinez. "But if you are going to have three injuries in your goalkeeping positions you are not going to keep four goalkeepers just in case. I think we need to be realistic."
"Our squad is big enough, our squad is strong and we have a great balance of experience and the talent that we have and at the moment we are going to get Phil Jagielka back very, very soon. We are going to have Tyias Browning out for the season but we have got Bryan Oviedo to come back as well so the players are at the football club," he added.
Everton fans will want the club to be active in the transfer window, and whilst Martinez seemingly isn't looking for defenders, he could still search for players in other positions as the Toffees chase European qualification this season.