Ross Barkley could be set for up to three months on the sidelines thanks to his latest injury picked up in pre-season training – according to reports.
The Everton midfielder didn’t take part in any of the Toffees pre-season or Europa League qualifying fixtures thanks to having a hernia operation.
And only just after returning to training at USM Finch Farm, the Blues’ training complex, the 23-year-old has picked up an injury to his hamstring which could scupper any potential transfer moves.
Ronald Koeman admitted in a press conference on Wednesday that he was waiting on more scans on Barkley’s injury before knowing how long the midfielder would be out for.
And, according to the Daily Mail, those results are set to reveal an injury lay-off that could last up to three months.
They claim that the 23-year-old will need an operation on his injured hamstring – which could all but rule out a transfer away from Goodison Park this summer.
Barkley is in the final year of his Everton contract – and has reportedly turned down the option of signing a new deal.