For Everton, 20-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley has grown into an important player for the Toffees, and losing him to a six-week knee injury doesn’t bode well for Roberto Martinez’s side in the short term.
According to The Guardian, Barkley injured his knee today as Everton began preparations for their opening Premier League competition against newboys Leicester City, and wore a knee brace when he exited the training ground. The certain extent of his injury will not be confirmed until his undergoes a scan on Saturday, but reports have detailed that his injury recovery time should be around six weeks.
In that case, Barkley would miss six games, and maybe a seventh, absent for contest vs. Leicester, Arsenal, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Manchester United. Additionally, he would miss part of Everton’s Europa League and Capital One Cup competition.
Due to his great form a year ago, the midfielder recently signed four-year, £60,000-a-week contract this summer, keeping him at Goodison Park until 2018.
While Barkley totaled six goals in 34 appearances last season, his influence ddidn’t stop at his goal tally, since his technical play in the midfield made his team better as a whole. He was seen spearheading attacks, and his ability to do so earned him a World Cup spot on Roy Hodgson’s English squad.
Muhamed Besic, a new signing of Everton from Hungary’s Ferencvaros, is now poised to make his debut against Leicester City in place of Barkley.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.