Ross Barkley will be out for at least three weeks after scans showed he has a fractured toe, Everton have said.
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The midfielder sustained the injury during the 4-0 FA Cup third-round win over QPR on Jan. 4, and missed last Saturday’s Premier League victory over Norwich as a result.
Manager Roberto Martinez said on Saturday that he feared Barkley’s toe could be broken, and Everton have now confirmed in a statement that there is a “small fracture.”
The club added that, depending on how quickly the injury heals, he would be out for between three and six weeks. That means he is set to miss the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Jan. 28.
Martinez spoke at the weekend of his concern that Barkley’s injury was similar to the one that kept Leighton Baines out for five weeks in the run up to the New Year.
England left-back Baines fractured his toe during the 3-3 Premier League draw against Liverpool on Nov. 23, and did not return until late December.
Martinez said on Saturday: “Sometimes, with these fractures, if they are well settled and there is no displacement of the bone, you can play straight away.
“With others, you need a couple of weeks, and with some, you need a little bit longer, as with Leighton. His was a bad one, so it took several weeks.”
Barkley has established himself as an Everton regular this season and has also forced his way into the England squad, winning three caps.