English Premiership

Barkley set for Europa test

2014-10-23 14:29
Ross Barkley (Supplied)
Ross Barkley (Supplied)

Cape Town - Roberto Martinez is thrilled to have Ross Barkley back in action with the midfielder set for a taste of European action on Thursday night.

Everton travel to France to take on Lille in Europa League with Ross Barkley fit and raring to go.

“I think the bigger the challenge for Ross, the bigger the response,” Martinez told the club's website.

“It is such a joy to see his big smile getting on the plane. He has missed two important Europa League games and I know he has found it difficult. To see him back on Saturday was a real positive for us.

“I think one of the benefits of getting into the Europa League was for the young players to get that European experience. It is important for them to face different teams that require new tactical problems. Straight away it develops your understanding and awareness."

Roberto Martinez left Steven Naismith and Leon Osman behind on Merseyside as the Blues jetted out to France. 

The manager explained he rested the duo for the trip ahead of the weekend clash at Burnley. 

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