Updates from Friday, April 4
Ross Barkley is ready to give Everton a huge boost ahead of their crucial showdown with Arsenal in the hunt for a Champions League spot.
Roberto Martinez revealed the news via Everton's official Twitter:
RM: "We're going to look at Ross today but at the moment we're very much positive he'll be available for the game." http://t.co/8tN2n3noHL— Everton (@Everton) April 4, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 3
Everton will take a late check on Ross Barkley before deciding if he is fit to face Arsenal in Sunday's crucial encounter.
The Daily Star's Chris McKenna quotes Roberto Martinez saying:
Over the next three or four days we will have a clearer idea of where he is and we are going to treat every day as it comes.
It is fair to say it is 50-50. We need to make sure we recover him well and I'm confident in two days we will know where we are.
BBC Sport broke the news:
Coming as it does on the back of a majestic performance away at Newcastle, it's something manager Roberto Martinez can well do without.
Barkley's class shone through for all to see at St James' Park and his fine individual performance was capped with a stunning goal.
It prompted more calls for the exciting 20-year-old to be added to Roy Hodgson's England World Cup squad.
BBC Sport's Simon Stone noted the presence of the England manager:
Roy Hodgson at Craven Cottage today - big day for Ross Barkley. Hodgson well received by Fulham fans. Nearly got hit by stray ball though.— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) March 30, 2014
And Barkley's first-half performance at Craven Cottage will have done little to dispel the notion that he can rub shoulders with colleagues at the national-team level:
Ross Barkley completed 100% of his passes against Fulham in the first half. pic.twitter.com/RVvB7nbpmM— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 30, 2014
A spot on the plane could well be beyond the youngster's reach now if this latest injury keeps him out for any length of time.
However, Hodgson will have liked what he saw, and on the strength of the player's first-half performance, he might well give him some extra time within which to prove his fitness.
With the youngster offering not just a dynamic attacking threat, but also a high level of passing accuracy, there should be a spot left open until the last possible moment for Barkley.