English Premiership

Barkley to return to training

2014-10-10 11:43
Ross Barkley (Supplied)
Ross Barkley (Supplied)
Cape Town - Everton have been handed a boost with the news that star midfielder Ross Barkley will be back in training on Monday as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

The 20-year-old has not featured in a competitive fixture for the Toffees this season after a picking up the injury just days before the start of the new campaign. However, he could now return to the fray in the next two weeks.

"On Monday we expect Ross, with the green light from the medical department, to join the group," said manager Roberto Martinez.

"Now it's a matter of getting him match fit and getting him up to speed. Ross has been working really well and I don't expect any setbacks. I expect Ross to have a real clear path to get his match fitness back.

"One of Ross' biggest strengths is his physicality and how strong he is sometimes helps in terms of getting his match fitness.

"But he has been out for a while and we need to give him the right work now to make sure he is at his very best.

"From Monday I want him to be part of it and in probably a couple of weeks we should be able to see Ross in the squad.

"His desire and hunger to be in the team is contagious, and that is something I want to have with the group. He'll be like a fresh, new player for us."

There is further good news for the Toffees, with Sylvain Distin in line for a return against Aston Villa next week after missing the last three fixtures, while James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman could be back sooner rather than later.

The prognosis on Kevin Mirallas' hamstring injury is not quite as positive, but there will be some relief that he doesn't need to go under the knife.

"Sylvain needed a bit of a rest. He is fully fit, has trained really well and is ready to fight for a place in the team," explained Martinez.

"It's too early to tell whether Coleman and McCarthy can play against Villa. We are going to assess them day by day.

"Kevin has got a typical sprinting injury. We expect him to be out for a few weeks as well. He does not need surgery, just conservative treatment. We hope to have him fully fit soon."

"Sylvain needed a bit of a rest. He is fully fit, has trained really well and is ready to fight for a place in the team.

"It's too early to tell whether Coleman and McCarthy can play against Villa. We are going to assess them day by day."


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