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Romelu Lukaku injury scare for Everton

January 29, 2014
By ESPN staff

Everton manager Roberto Martinez fears Romelu Lukaku could face a lengthy absence after the striker injured his ankle in Tuesday's derby defeat at Liverpool.

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GettyImagesLukaku had to be substituted after just 25 minutes at Anfield.

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Lukaku collided with teammate Gareth Barry while defending Luis Suarez's corner, from which Steven Gerrard opened the scoring in a 4-0 win for Liverpool at Anfield.

The Belgium striker, who has scored nine goals so far for Everton this season, could face a lengthy absence, with Martinez admitting he is concerned and is waiting to discover the extent of the problem.

"We are going to assess it, he has his ankle in a cast but it does not look too good. He picked up a bad injury," Martinez told his postmatch news conference. "He just collided with Gareth Barry in the corner as the ball was delivered into the near post. There was a collision and he got an ankle twisted.

"There are moments in games that can be very painful, and that was one of them. Not only did we concede from a dead-ball situation, two of our players collided and Romelu got injured."

Everton remain in sixth in the Premier League table following the defeat, but Manchester United's 2-0 win over Cardiff saw them move within two points of the Toffees.

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