Pay per head sportsbooks learned that Roberto Martinez, Everton manager, spoke about concerns that Ross Barkley could be out for a while due to a broken toe.
The 20-year-old suffered the injury in last weekend’s 4-0 FA Cup win over QPR and price per head services saw that he didn’t play in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win to Norwich City at home.
This season, the England international was in very good form, with four goals from 21 appearances in all competitions – but for the time being the manager will probably have to make do without Barkley, and pay per head sportsbooks wonder how the player’s absence could affect the team’s performance.
“Ross Barkley had a knock on his toe and we’re going to assess him, but it looks like he’s going to be out for a while,” said the former Wigan Athletic boss.
“It could be (broken) and that’s what we’re worried about. It’s a very similar incident to the one Leighton Baines had.
“Before we say what it is, we’re going to have more scans but the fear is it’s a fracture.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Martinez appeared to be very wary about placing a timescale on the player’s recovery, but confirmed that this week the midfielder will join the club for their warm-weather training camp in Tenerife.
The Spaniard continued: “Sometimes these fractures, if there is no displacement and they settle straight away, you can play straight away.
“Some can go a couple of weeks and others a bit longer like Leighton. Because it was a bad one it took six weeks.
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“Knowing Ross, being a young man, hopefully we’ll take him for some sun with us and some Vitamin D intake can accelarate the process, but it’s difficult to tell yet.”
Pay per head sportsbooks saw how concerned the fans were when they found out about Barkley’s problem, and hope to see the player make a quick recovery.