Updates from Thursday, May 1
Roberto Martinez insists there is no chance of Kevin Mirallas missing the World Cup, stating the forward is only two games away from a return.
Everton's official Twitter reported:
Updates from Thursday, April 24
Kevin Mirallas still remains on course to play at the World Cup, but will not make a miracle recovery for Everton, Roberto Martinez conceded on Thursday.
Everton's official Twitter passed down the news:
Martinez reiterates that Kevin Mirallas will miss the final three games of the season but that the Belgian should be fine for the World Cup.— Everton (@Everton) April 24, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 22
Everton's official Twitter feed delivered some bad news on Mirallas:
Roberto has just confirmed Kevin Mirallas will miss the rest of the season with a groin injury. #EFC— Everton (@Everton) April 22, 2014
MARTINEZ: "Kevin is a quick healer. The most important aspect now is that we get him fully fit and ready to participate in the World Cup."— Everton (@Everton) April 22, 2014
Mirallas released a statement via Romelu Lukaku's Twitter feed:
Kevin Mirallas says : " Thank you for your support! I'm very sad because i can't help my teammates for the last 3 games. (1/2)— R.Lukaku Bolingoli (@RomeluLukaku9) April 22, 2014
Kevin mirallas says : " I hope the team will qualify for the champions league and i will have some treatment so i'm ready for the WC 2/2 "— R.Lukaku Bolingoli (@RomeluLukaku9) April 22, 2014
Kevin Mirallas will miss the rest of the Premier League season after the Everton star reportedly suffered a muscle tear during the Toffees' 2-0 win over Manchester United, reported by Kristof Terreur of Belgian newspaper HLN:
Mirallas is a key component in Roberto Martinez's side, as highlighted by his excellent counter-attacking goal against the struggling Red Devils.
The 26-year-old has netted eight goals and provided the same number of assists in 32 Premier League appearances this campaign, per WhoScored.com. He continues to grow in confidence at Goodison Park, emerging as one of the division's paciest, most difficult to handle forwards when in form.
Aiden McGeady and Gerard Deulofeu will now be tasked with stepping up in Mirallas' absence. Although the former Olympiacos star is likely to be fit for the World Cup, he will miss Everton's crucial games against Southampton, Manchester City and Hull.
Will Everton finish in the top four this season?
Mirallas' injury heaps pressure on the side, who are battling for a spot in the Champions League. Currently one point behind Arsenal, it doesn't ease a situation that has already seen Everton nervously stutter to a home loss against Crystal Palace.
Martinez said his side "stopped being ourselves" after the recent defeat, per BBC Sport, but he will be hoping the absence of Mirallas doesn't provide a further jolt to the confidence. Everton played wisely against United, appeared confident on the ball and dangerous when moving forward, something Mirallas was a huge part of.
The race for a place in the top four certainly becomes more difficult without the versatile forward. Martinez will be confident his aforementioned alternatives can step up, but with Everton likely to need a perfect run until the end of the season, he will be ruing his loss of vital firepower.