Martinez gives latest Everton injury update on Deulofeu

Everton manager Roberto Martinez gives an injury update on Spanish starlet Gerard Deulofeu

Roberto Martinez
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Roberto Martinez expects Everton forward Gerard Deulofeu to be sidelined for up to five weeks with a hamstring injury.

The 19-year-old, who joined the Toffees on a season-long loan from Barcelona this summer, picked up the problem during Everton’s victory over Fulham last weekend.

We need to treat it right because those sorts of injuries cannot be underestimated

Gerard Deulofeu

Deulofeu has impressed as an impact substitute for the Merseyside outfit in recent weeks, scoring a late leveller for Martinez’s men in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

And the Everton manager doesn’t want to risk aggravating the injury by rushing the Spain Under-21 international back to first-team action.

“We’ve had the scans and it was confirmed that Gerard has suffered a soft tissue injury in his right hamstring,” Martinez told Everton’s website.

“Obviously we now need to make sure he recovers well. We don’t think he’s going to be out for too long, probably the best part of five weeks. But, knowing Gerard, he’s a sprinter and we need to make sure he’s fully fit.

“Gerard is happy. Obviously he was disappointed, but we were probably a little bit fearful that it could have been a bit more than [it is], so we’re pleased that it’s an injury that we know exactly what it is and that it’s not going to bring any more problems in the future.

“But we need to treat it right because those sorts of injuries cannot be underestimated.”

Martinez also confirmed Everton will liaise with the player’s parent club Barcelona.

He added: “We’re working with the two medical departments – of our club and of Barcelona.

“They’re working together because, as you can imagine, there are many things to take into consideration and it’s important they have a look as well. From there, we’re going to use the best possible route to treat the player.

“Gerard has got a good feeling about him and all he wants is to get back as quick as he can. I think this is going to refresh him and it’s going to make him a real impact player when he comes back, so we’re excited about that.”

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