Everton Manager Roberto Martinez Expects Key Star To Be Back From Injury Ahead Of Schedule

The youngster suffered a ligament injury in pre-season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said Ross Barkley should return to the first team ahead of schedule.

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The young midfielder was excellent for the Toffees last season, holding down a regular spot in Martinez’s first team. This form led to him getting a place in England’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where he was one of the only bright spots in a disastrous tournament for the Three Lions.

The youngster’s progress was hampered by a medial ligament injury he suffered during pre-season. Although their were fears that the 20-year-old would be set for a long spell on the sidelines, Martinez is optimistic that Barkley will be available soon.

“Ross is progressing well but is still receiving treatment,” the Spaniard was quoted by Goal.

“He’s in week four now and is probably a couple of weeks ahead of where he should be.

“But he’s still halfway through his recovery period.”

The former boss welcomed back a whole host players following the end of the international break and admits he is very happy with the current condition of his squad.

“Everyone has come back in a really good frame of mind,” he added.

“They all had really good experiences.”

Everton’s next match is a Premier League fixture away at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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