The spirits of Everton fans will be boosted by news out of Goodison Park that the ankle injury to Everton midfielder Gareth Barry will have him out “weeks rather than months.”
Barry sustained the injury last Sunday in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland when Jordi Gomez flew in with a rash tackle. Despite complaints for a red card, referee Lee Mason deemed Gomez’ actions deserved of yellow while Barry was stretchered off and brought to the hospital with a suspected broken leg.
X-rays later revealed that Barry had avoided a break but the club confirmed the holding midfielder did have ligament damage: “His ankle is still very swollen, which complicates assessment, but the Everton medical staff have confirmed that there is ligament damage in the area,” the club said via its official site.
The silver lining in Barry’s injury was the timing, coming just before the international break. That will rule the 33-year-old be out for Everton’s next three contests – the Premier League meeting with West Ham United on November 22nd, the Europa League clash with Wolfsburg on the 27th and the Premier League fixture at Spurs on the 30th – but he could return for the Hull City match on December 3rd.
With Barry sidelined, expect Roberto Martinez to utilize Bosnian new-boy Muhamed Besic, newly-healthy Darron Gibson or Leon Osman alongside James McCarthy in the holding role.