Everton fear for Barkley after scan shows ligament tear

Reuters| Last Updated: Aug 17, 2014, 09:33 AM IST

London: Everton manager Roberto Martinez is concerned about the severity of a knee injury to Ross Barkley after a scan revealed a tear in England midfielder`s medial ligament.

The 20-year-old was injured in training and played no part in Saturday`s 2-2 draw at promoted Leicester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Martinez said he was hoping for the best, but feared that the midfielder may miss a significant part of Everton`s season and several of England`s Euro 2016 qualifiers.

"We had a scan, but it was difficult to determine the extent of the injury. It is a problem with a medial ligament in his knee, but we don`t know how bad the injury is," he said.

"We know there is a partial tear of the ligament and that could mean anything from seven weeks to four or five months, so we need to be cautious."

Everton could have used Barkley`s power and flair as they failed to defeat Leicester despite leading twice through goals by Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith after City`s record signing Argentine Leonardo Ulloa had put the home side in front.

Chris Wood struck an equaliser late on for Leicester.

"I think Ross Barkley is a phenomenal footballer and we are going to miss him – there are no two ways about it," Martinez said. "He was so sharp in pre-season and I think he came back with a different approach and a different mindset.

"The squad should be big enough and be able to cope with losing a player, but it is disappointing."

Adding to Martinez`s unease was the two points his side threw away at Leicester.

"If I have a criticism from our point of view, it`s that maybe we should have gone for that third goal with a little bit more brightness rather than just controlling the game," said Martinez, who led Everton to fifth last season.