Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has had groin surgery and will be out for four weeks, while teammate defender Ramiro Funes Mori is expected to miss a big part of the next Premier League campaign after undergoing surgery on a knee injury that will sideline him for six-to-nine months, the club said on Wednesday
Barkley, who did not travel with Everton’s squad to a pre-season training game in the Netherlands and also missed a trip to Tanzania earlier this month because of the injury, is now a doubt for the start of the new season.
“Ross Barkley underwent surgery today on his groin,” Everton said in a statement on their website. “The surgery has been a success and he is expected to be able to return to play in approximately four weeks.”
Barkley, 23, has yet to sign a new contract with Everton and has been linked by British media with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Argentinian international Ramiro Funes Mori played 23 league games for Everton last season but sustained the season-ending injury while on international duty in March.
Any hopes the 26-year-old had of returning early next season were dashed, however, after the defender suffered a serious setback during his recuperation.
“Ramiro Funes Mori has had a problem within his knee and has undergone further surgery in Barcelona which will require prolonged rehabilitation of a minimum of six to nine months,” the club said on their website. (www.evertonfc.com)
Everton’s injury list also includes long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman.