Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 25
Romelu Lukaku is fit and ready to make his Everton return against West Ham, according to Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
The club's official website passed down the following quote from the Everton boss:
Romelu has been working really well and he is looking fresh and ready. We are all very excited to see him back enjoying his football with really top energy levels.
Updates from Thursday, Feb. 20
Roberto Martinez delivered another positive update on Romelu Lukaku, who remains on course to make his Everton return against West Ham.
Lukaku can't face parent club Chelsea, but the Toffees' official Twitter feed reported:
RM: "Romelu has shown good signs and is working well. He can't play this weekend. Everyone is fit bar the three long-term absentees." #EFC— Everton (@Everton) February 20, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18
Romelu Lukaku is ready to make his Everton return, but he will have to wait for the March 1 clash with West Ham due to his ineligibility for the Toffees' next game against Chelsea.
Everton's official Twitter feed has the news:
Updates from Friday, Feb. 14
Roberto Martinez expects the imminent return of Romelu Lukaku from injury, ahead of Everton's FA Cup tie with Swansea.
Everton's official Twitter feed noted:
Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 12
Romelu Lukaku posted on his official Instagram account a video of his improving ankle injury:
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 11
Roberto Martinez provides the latest update on Romelu Lukaku's return to Everton:
RM: "We had positive news on Romelu. He's back with us and will be ready very soon - we're looking at next weekend." http://t.co/tALPG2Ha9M— Everton (@Everton) February 11, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Jan. 30
Roberto Martinez recently addressed the media alongside new signing Lacina Traore, but aside from revealing the giant striker is "between 10-14 days" away from fitness, he confirmed Lukaku could also return soon, via the club's Twitter account:
RM: "Lacina is not far away at all. Between 10-14 days." http://t.co/V1KosZbym0— Everton (@Everton) January 30, 2014
"Our biggest concern is Romelu but we've had very good news. We need to see how he recovers in the next few days then we'll know the extent"— Everton (@Everton) January 30, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 29
Lukaku's damaged ankle is only expected to keep him out for up to a month after a scan on Wednesday.
Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur reports via his Twitter account:
We're going to assess it. At the moment he's got his ankle in a cast and it doesn't look too good.
He just collided with Gareth Barry at the corner as the ball was delivered into the box. It's there where he twisted his ankle.
The Staff at Everton's official website provided an additional statement from Martinez discussing Lukaku's injury:
"There is no ligament damage and the injury is not as bad as we first thought. It will be a case of weeks rather than months."
Lukaku was substituted during the recent 4-0 thrashing to Liverpool, and on first inspection, his ankle injury looks a serious one. Tony Barrett of The Times provided some more details:
Lukaku being carried from the pitch. Naismith comes on for the injured forward.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) January 28, 2014
BBC's Jacqui Oatley captured the moment the injury occurred:
Lukaku has been a key contributor for Everton all year and leads the club with nine league goals this season. He also entered the match tied with Kevin Mirallas with five assists.
Additionally, he has fared well throughout his career against Liverpool, according to OptaJoe:
4 - Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in four Barclays Premier League appearances against Liverpool. Scourge.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 28, 2014
Unfortunately, he was forced out of the match early against the rivals and was unable to contribute. Liverpool took advantage of this and built the score up to 3-0 over the next 10 minutes.
While Steven Naismith came in for Lukaku as a substitute, Everton will need to get more production from everyone on the attack in order to replace the injured star.
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