Next Match: away to Swansea, December 22
Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not expect to have on-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu available again until late January. Scans on the hamstring injury the teenager sustained in Saturday's 4-1 win over Fulham suggest he will be out for up to five weeks. On Monday the club confirmed the 19-year-old would be sidelined for some time but Martinez has been more specific on the timeframe to get Deulofeu back. "It was confirmed that Gerard has suffered a soft tissue injury in his right hamstring," the Toffees boss said. "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. But we need to treat it right because those sorts of injuries cannot be under-estimated."