Everton’s On-loan Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu will be sidelined with a torn hamstring until late January, a scan has revealed.
The teenager was stretchered off during Saturday’s Premier League 4-1 home win over Fulham. He has scored twice in his last four appearances for the club following his season-long loan switch form Barcelona in the summer.
‘Toffees’ manager Roberto Martinez had earlier thought the 19-year-old will be out of action for a lengthy period, but the results of scans suggest Deulofeu could be back in time for the league trip to West Brom on January 20.
“We had the scans and it was confirmed that he had a soft tissue injury in his right hamstring,” Martinez told Everton’s website. “Now we need to make sure that 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 is fully fit. You don’t want to have a problem with these sort of injuries for the future.
“I think that’s going to refresh him and make him a real, real impact player when he comes back.
The good news for the Merseyside club is that left-back Leighton Baines could be back soon.
The Englishman, who suffered a fractured toe during a 3-3 draw with Liverpool on November 23, could as well be in contention this coming weekend, according to the Spaniard boss.
“What we’re hoping is that he’s going to be fit for the Christmas period,” he said. “That will be an incredible boost to the squad, and it will be great to see Leighton running around again.
“I always felt Leighton would recover quicker than anyone expected and he’s been doing really, really well.
“But obviously, it’s a bit too early to see if he’s available for Sunday. We’ll find out over the next few days.”