Ross Barkley picks up an injury.
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Everton have been dealt a blow ahead of their opening Premier League game against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, with the Mail reporting that the Toffees are set to be without star midfielder Ross Barkley for the first six to eight weeks of the campaign.
Barkley picked up a knee injury during training and is expected to be miss the first two months of the season, also ruling him out of England internationals against Norway and Switzerland.
The youngster had been earmarked as a key player this season for Martinez, who will now require a rethink of the team that he would’ve sent out at the King Power Stadium to kick off the 2014/15 season.
Martinez secured a deal for young Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea in recent days, and he is now likely to start – with Kevin Mirallas also a doubt for the Toffees.
Everton will be expecting to kick off their campaign with three points against newly promoted Leicester, although Nigel Pearson’s energetic and organised side are certain to provide stiff resistance to one of the Premier League’s most enterprising and exciting attacking line-ups.