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Martinez Provides Injury Update On Key Everton Duo Ahead Of Arsenal Clash

Arsenal take on Everton at Goodison on Sunday in a game that could well determine the two sides top four hopes. Here’s an injury update from Roberto Martinez

Ross Barkley

Arsenal take on Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon in a game that could well determine the two sides top four hopes. Here, Gooner Mac brings us an injury update from Roberto Martinez.

We face a tough trip to Everton this weekend and ahead of the game, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has given an injury update on the fitness of key duo Ross Barkley and Phil Jagielka.

Barkley has been something of a sensation this season with his impressive displays not only earning him plaudits from all corners of the game, but he’s also broken into the England set-up and is being tipped to be on the plane to Brazil this summer.

Luckily for us, it seems the youngster is a doubt for Sunday’s showdown after being forced off at half time during Everton’s 3-1 win at Fulham last weekend with a calf problem.

Martinez has confirmed Barkley will be assessed over the next few days before a late call will be made over his involvement, but he’s hopeful the 20-year-old will make it. He told the clubs official website:

“Ross had a knock on his calf and he is recovering well from it.

“He is such a powerful boy that he coped with that knock well but obviously it was a problem straight after when the body gets cold.

“He’s such a quick healer and a young man so we hope he is going to recover in time for the game on Sunday.

“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.”

Martinez also gave the latest on defender Phil Jagielka. The centre-back has missed the six games with a hamstring injury and although the England international is now back in light training, the Everton boss is being cautious not to rush him back to quickly.

Martinez added:

“It’s important that with the amount of games we will be experiencing that we look after Phil and make sure he is allowed to build a good degree of match fitness.

“We are going to take a real cautious approach and take each day as it comes.

“It’s great to see Phil around the place and having a big influence with the group. That’s as important for us as it is for him to be on the pitch.

“We’ll try to get him on the pitch as quickly as we can but we are making sure he’s 100 per cent.”

So it looks like Everton will almost certainly be without Jagielka while Barkley is in a race against time to be passed fit. It would be a huge boost for us if the duo are missing as they are both important players for the Merseysiders.

Obviously we have our own injury worries to deal with and it looks like none of our current injury victims will be back in time to feature this weekend, although Aaron Ramsey is expected back in training this week and is in with a shout of facing Wigan at Wembley.

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  1. Sunnypa De Gooners

    April 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    That is good news for us so that we must capitalised on it and beat them on sunday to claim our top 4 hope alive and let them know that that place is meet for us alone and no other club that can claim it from us even if we don’t win any trophy cause that is our only trophy we always win every season cause wenger have said it that [TO BE IN TOP 4 IS BETTER THAN ANY TROPHY]is that the only thing we will stand on we arsenal fans need trophy even if we missed out of top 4 and win champions league that will even better than top 4 alone without trophy let try to win trophy not for red and white company but for arsenal football club fans the board and wenger make there money from the fans.thank GOD u all ear what nasri said this week that he heft arsenal not because of money but because of trophy and the first he play for city he won trophy now he has won 3 trophy why arsenal have not won anything look at all of our players that left us they have won any trophy while arsenal have won none just because of wengers stupidity if he has sign a good striker in january we would have won the league by now our problem now is wenger,giroud and vermaelen if this three people can leave the club arsenal will win a trophy.pls consider what I just say

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