In this Toffee TV video Peter McPartland and Barry Cass discuss the ongoing attempts by some media outlets to unsettle Everton midfielder Ross Barkley by linking him with moves away from Goodison Park.
This week on Toffee TV, Baz and Ped sat down and interviewed former Everton winger Ronny Goodlass about his time as a player at Goodison Park as well as talking about him playing abroad and eventually returning to Everton as a youth team coach.
Everton striker Steven Naismith believes that this current squad can cope despite being hit by a flurry of injuries so far this season. The injury crisis coupled with patchy form has created a nervousness around Goodison Park but Naismith is confident that Everton have the squad and belief to climb the table.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has today confirmed that young defenderJohn Stones will be out of first team action for between 10-14 weeks.
The 20-year-old England International, damaged his ankle ligaments in the final seconds of Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
After a full assessment Blues boss Martinez told the press :
“John will need surgery, which will give us a perfect recovery for his left ankle. We expect him to be out for probably the next 10 to 14 weeks depending on how everything goes.
“It’s a clear injury – not a complicated injury. Obviously, it’s a little bit of a setback because you don’t want to lose any players, but in John’s case we were very worried in the moment that it happened because those injuries can become a little bit difficult to treat.
“But this one is going to be straightforward and we are already counting down the days for him to come back and we’ll make sure he comes back stronger and ready for the final and most important part of the season.”
It is another hammer blow to Everton following injuries already this season to Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy and now John Stones. Those injuries coupled with the team’s poor start has meant it has been an uncomfortable first couple of months to the new season for Evertonians. However, with Coleman, McCarthy and Barkley all due to return against Aston Villa at Goodison Park next weekend things may be about to brighten up for the club.
Nothing is straightforward with Everton is it? We had a great season last time out, done some decent business in the summer tying down Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, John Stones and bring in Romelu Lukaku, Muhamed Besic, Samuel Eto’o and Christian Atsu on loan and the optimism soared. Then we start the season and boom someone lets down the balloon to leave us all feeling a bit deflated.