Everton manager Roberto Martinez did not sound too optimistic when discussing Kevin Mirallas’ recent injury.
The Toffees’ boss said the early diagnosis is not good, while some reports have Mirallas out at least four weeks with a hamstring tear.
The Belgian international pulled up just 29 minutes into Everton’s Merseyside Derby against Liverpool, which finished in a 1-1 draw. Mirallas went down in obvious pain and was removed from the pitch via stretcher.
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Martinez praised Mirallas’ fitness and hopes he will recover ahead of schedule, but seems as if he plans on moving forward without Mirallas for the near future.
We had a few scans and we are going to carry on today. It isn’t a straightforward diagnosis but obviously the signs are not great.
We are going to make sure we are clear with the problem. It’s not normal when Kevin Mirallas feels something like that and has to come off in the game. We know then that it is something serious.
Mirallas has two goals this season for the Toffees, and has become an integral part of Everton’s recent successes. After coming to Goodison Park from Olympiacos in 2012, Mirallas has developed into a dangerous player under Roberto Martinez’s attacking style of play.
After losing Ross Barkley earlier in their campaign, Everton is now without two of their key playmakers. With a tough Premier League schedule as well as matches in the Europa League, a lengthy spell without Mirallas in the lineup could cause trouble for the Toffees.