Updates from Thursday, Oct. 16
Ross Barkley is on the cusp of his return to the Everton matchday squad, Roberto Martinez revealed on Thursday.
Everton's official Twitter reported:
RM says @RBarkley20 has 'reacted really well' to his return to training and is close to a return #EFC10/16/2014, 8:12:20 AM
Updates from Friday, Oct. 9
Ross Barkley will return to Everton training on Monday, with a view to him being reintroduced to the first-team squad by the end of October.
Roberto Martinez told Sky Sports:
On Monday we expect Ross, with the green light from the medical department, to join the group.
Now it's a matter of getting him match fit and getting him up to speed. Ross has been working really well and I don't expect any setbacks. I expect Ross to have a real clear path to get his match fitness back.
[...] He has been out for a while and we need to give him the right work now to make sure he is at his very best. From Monday I want him to be part of it and in probably a couple of weeks we should be able to see Ross in the squad.
Updates from Friday, Oct. 3
Ross Barkley is expected back in training next week as Roberto Martinez plans to reintroduce him to the first-team fold.
Martinez revealed, via Everton's official Twitter:
Roberto also says he hopes to have Ross Barkley back in training with the group next week. https://t.co/qZYXOmUcQZ #MUFCvEFC10/3/2014, 1:14:28 PM
Barkley posted a positive update on Friday regarding his rehabilitation from the knee injury that has wrecked his season to date.
The Everton youngster tweeted:
Ross Barkley @RBarkley20
Feeling good after a full week with our fitness coach @MattTaberner ⚽️🏃10/3/2014, 12:57:13 PM
Updates from Thursday, Sept. 25
Ross Barkley will return to the Everton team "ahead of schedule," Roberto Martinez revealed on Thursday.
The young midfielder is recovering from a knee injury, but Martinez delivered good news during his latest press conference, per Greg O'Keeffe of the Liverpool Echo and Everton's official Twitter:
Greg O'Keeffe @GregOK
Martinez on Barkley: "He's beginning to run..he's still a few weeks off but we still expect him back well ahead of schedule."9/25/2014, 8:21:24 AM
RM: "People will want updates on Ross and we will. He is progressing quicker than expected but we can't rush it." #LFCvEFC9/25/2014, 8:23:49 AM
Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
Roberto Martinez has confessed Ross Barkley was close to being ruled out for the entire season by the knee injury that has wrecked the midfielder's start to the season.
Barkley was injured by Everton teammate Gareth Barry, ruling him out for at least seven weeks, but Martinez is thankful the outcome wasn't far worse, per the Daily Mail's Dominic King:
I’ve seen that situation cause an injury that is a full rupture, which then requires surgery and is a far more serious injury. Ross only has a partial tear.
He is fortunate really, yes, it could have been a lot worse. If that action happened earlier in pre-season it would have been a full rupture.
It is a big blow. Ross is not replaceable.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
Roberto Martinez still does not know the full extent of Ross Barkley's knee injury, but admits he will be out for at least seven weeks.
Martinez's latest update was provided by Liverpool Echo's Greg O'Keeffe:
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Roberto Martinez has delivered a positive update on Ross Barkley's knee, revealing he could return in as little as two months.
Despite the Everton boss previously mentioning the possibility of a five-month absence, Martinez said he was bemused by reports quoting that predicted timeline, per Everton's official website:
His knee has reacted really well to treatment.
I don't know where the figure of five months [in the papers] came from but obviously the extent of the injury is a little unsure at the moment because we don't know how the next two weeks are going to develop.
It's a medial ligament injury and we know that Ross, in terms of the power and the strength that he has in his body, he could easily react to treatment a lot better than other players.
The length that Ross will be out is a little uncertain at the moment and it could be anything between the eight weeks that we mentioned or a little further. Until the end of the week, or probably the next 10 days, we won't know how the knee is progressing and how quickly Ross can be back.
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 16
Everton's official Twitter feed passed along comments on Barkley's injury from manager Roberto Martinez:
The club's website added more details to Martinez's account:
Martinez said: “We had a scan but it was difficult to determine the extent of the injury. It is a problem with a medial ligament in his knee, but we don’t know how bad the injury is.
“We know there is a partial tear of the ligament and that could mean anything from seven weeks to four or five months, so we need to be cautious.”
Everton rising star Ross Barkley reportedly suffered a knee injury in training that's expected to keep him sidelined for at least six weeks. It's a major blow to the Toffees just one day before they open the new Premier League campaign.
Tony Barrett of The Times passed along word of the setback:
Greg O'Keeffe of the Liverpool Echo reports Barkley is expected to undergo further testing to determine the exact nature of the ailment:
Barkley is coming off a breakout season for Everton. He scored six goals in 34 league appearances and was often the driving force behind the club's attack. The effort was good enough to earn him a spot in the England national team for the World Cup.
He was expected to take on an even larger role for the club starting on Saturday. It now appears his season debut could be delayed for two months depending on the results of the scans.
WhoScored provides a glimpse at the playmaking ability the side will be missing without him:
The injury comes after Barkley agreed to a contract extension with Everton during the offseason. The club's official site passed along comments from him after signing the new deal.
"As soon as I got told about it, I knew I was going to sign," he said. "It means everything, signing the new contract. It is a dream to have been playing for Everton all my life and today is a great thing for me.
"I am settled in at Everton, this is the club I love. I see it as my home, I never think of anything away from Goodison."
Everton have a golden opportunity to start the new season with three points against Leicester City. This news is going to shake the squad, however, so it's up to the leadership to get everybody refocused in time for the opener.
The club will hope the testing doesn't show any further damage that could cause Barkley an even longer period off the pitch. While he's out, a group probably led by Muhamed Besic will attempt to make up for his absence in the middle.