Defender requires surgery on injured ankleEverton have been hit by more bad news on the injury front with the disclosure that John Stones has to undergo surgery on the ankle he injured at Old Trafford last Sunday.
The defender faces an estimated 10 to 14 weeks out as he recovers which could deprive Roberto Martinez of his services until the Festive period or beyond.
The 20-year-old rolled the ankle in ugly fashion at the end of the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United and was stretchered off in stoppage time and has been fully diagnosed by a specialist now that the heavy initial swelling has subsided.
It's the latest setback to the Blues' season which began with Ross Barkley tearing a medial knee ligament before a ball had been kicked in anger and Seamus Coleman missing the start of the campaign with a hamstring injury.
Kevin Mirallas's own hamstring injury that he picked up against Liverpool is likely to sideline him for 8 weeks and, in addition to a fresh injury to Coleman, James McCarthy also is nursing a soft tissue complaint.
"John will need surgery, which will give us a perfect recovery for his left ankle," Martinez told evertonfc.com. We expect him to be out for probably the next 10 to 14 weeks depending on how everything goes.
"It's a clear injury — not a complicated injury. Obviously, it's a little bit of a setback because you don't want to lose any players, but in John's case we were very worried in the moment that it happened because those injuries can become a little bit difficult to treat.
"But this one is going to be straightforward and we are already counting down the days for him to come back and we'll make sure he comes back stronger and ready for the final and most important part of the season."
Sylvain Distin will be back in contention with Antolin Alcaraz for Stones's place when Aston Villa come to town on Saturday week but the England international's injury might also present an opportunity for some of Everton's up-and-coming defenders like Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway, both of whom are of a similar age and can play in central defence.
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1 Posted 09/10/2014 at 16:35:22
2 Posted 09/10/2014 at 16:45:13
3 Posted 09/10/2014 at 16:50:35
4 Posted 09/10/2014 at 16:58:20
5 Posted 09/10/2014 at 16:58:53
6 Posted 09/10/2014 at 16:44:25
We are now at the point of manager, staff and players being ready to roll sleaves up and be as one in graft and determination which will ensure the twelfth man will create the bear pit atmosphere and allow every player who gets on to play with the determination and effort of a Straq. with quality.
We are often at our best when up against it so lets start with Villa and make it hard for returning players to get the shirt back.
Allez-Allez O. We are Everton.
7 Posted 09/10/2014 at 17:05:36
8 Posted 09/10/2014 at 17:15:44
9 Posted 09/10/2014 at 17:02:43
When there is danger, he responds
He could be BarnsleyÂs next James Bond
When the "big clubs" tempt him
I hope he doesnÂt take the bait
With hard work ,and some improvement
He could become one of the all time greats
In the constellation of those that went before
Jimmy Gabriel, Brian Labone
And for England, the impeccable Bobby Moore
When the phone rings John, donÂt take that call
With Roberto and a few bob
We can dream of winning it all
Everton is your team
We are The Ones
Like you John Stones we are
Cooler, cooler, cooler
Cooler than the Fonz
10 Posted 09/10/2014 at 17:21:52
11 Posted 09/10/2014 at 17:26:43
12 Posted 09/10/2014 at 17:57:03
13 Posted 09/10/2014 at 17:56:40
I think a revitalised and focussed Distin will do the job, especially against Villa with their pace.
I have more concerns about Jags who is a confidence player and doesn't seem the same since the England World Cup debacle was blamed on him and Bainesy by the Southern media.
15 Posted 09/10/2014 at 18:03:43
16 Posted 09/10/2014 at 18:29:53
17 Posted 09/10/2014 at 19:18:15
18 Posted 09/10/2014 at 19:22:30
This period is actually a good test of the Martinez style of play.
The whole idea is that if we have possession then the other side canÂt hurt us. The midfield and forwards will have to do their part in protecting our fragile back.
19 Posted 09/10/2014 at 19:29:04
Meanwhile, both Distin's and GibsonÂs full-match fitness is questionable following time out recently.
Is this bad luck or are we doing something wrong?
20 Posted 09/10/2014 at 19:37:31
....but his shoelace is undone.
21 Posted 09/10/2014 at 19:37:48
1. One winger;
2. One number 10;
3. One centre back;
4. One full back;
5. One centre forward (who was injured pretty much all last season);
6. One centre midfielder, who may be back against Villa.
Hardly catastrophic injury list and programme known at the start. ItÂs not like weÂre having to put square pegs in round holes. ItÂs up to manager and team to now recover from shot start and how true form. I have every faith and will back manager and team.
22 Posted 09/10/2014 at 19:55:00
Really hope our luck changes.
23 Posted 09/10/2014 at 19:55:11
Speaking personally I think that we are in real trouble at the moment and am rapidly losing faith in MartinezÂs judgement and approach.
24 Posted 09/10/2014 at 21:08:03
25 Posted 09/10/2014 at 21:13:42
I take KunaiÂs point - 17 - that at a time when we can ask questions all over the park defence has been the biggest culprit. Jaysus, 16 goals conceded in 7 matches! WeÂre on course to top FulhamÂs 85 from last season!
The horrible irony here was the defence was beginning to look better over the last couple of weeks precisely because Stones was starting and comb through the live forums was getting more praise than just about anyone else.
And now we are back in the August/September Jags/Distin horror show!
I hope not. Perhaps the web whispering about Distin falling out with the gaffer is indeed true and Distin might remain in the cold.
So, a forgiven Distin? Alcaraz? Browning if Coleman is fit (he does prefer to play in the middle doesnÂt he?)? Galloway is too young surely?
Given those four options I would probably lean towards either Tylas or Antolin (I have read what others have said but I thought that Distin was xxxxxxxx appalling in August and September). My hunch for what itÂs worth, you know already, it will be Jags and Distin reunited with Peaches and Herb crooning happily in the background.
Hang on, didnÂt Besic play in central defence in Hungary (remember the headline, the best central defender in Hungary)? Could Besic probably drop back and fill in the gap in the back?
Whatever happens, I agree with what some others have said. ItÂs hardly the gafferÂs fault that this situation has developed but he is at fault for not buying a central defender at the end of the last window when the world and his wife could see that we needed one. Instead we got rid of one who, quite frankly, we could have done with right now.
The gaffer has to shoulder some of the blame when there is inadequate cover (in terms of quality) in both centre-defence and between the sticks.
Team v Villa (fingers crossed that nobody else gets crocked and a couple of the current crocked will be ready to return): Howard - Browning - Jags - Alcaraz - Baines - Macca - Besic - Oveido - Coleman - Naismith - Lukaku.
These next six weeks or so, needless to say, will quite possibly make or break this season for us but IÂm staying brightly optimistic!
Get well soon John mate!
26 Posted 09/10/2014 at 21:54:36
27 Posted 09/10/2014 at 21:56:34
This... just... sucks...
HeÂs been so solid and without him weÂve been poor in the back.
ItÂs just getting ludicrous our injury list!
28 Posted 09/10/2014 at 22:07:21
29 Posted 10/10/2014 at 00:14:19
I meant central defence not centre-mid, weÂve got enough of them, I think!
30 Posted 10/10/2014 at 03:07:54
31 Posted 10/10/2014 at 06:34:58
Gutted for Stones. Looked nasty when it happened and, in the long run, having the op will pay off.
32 Posted 10/10/2014 at 07:52:50
33 Posted 10/10/2014 at 08:59:14
Team to play Villa:
Browning, Jagielka, Alcaraz, Baines.
McGeady, Barry, Besic, Naismith, Oviedo
Subs: Lukaku, Barkley, Gibson, Distin, Hibbert!
34 Posted 10/10/2014 at 10:54:53
For me, it isn't the individuals who are suddenly poor players, it is what they are being asked to do. Jags and Distin are wooden players and not suited to playing it out from the back. Last night it was painful to watch Jags receive and distribute the ball. He looked so uncomfortable, he really does need Barry to come over and take it off him.
However, we all know how solid him and Distin have been for ages, and I don't agree for one second with some of the posts on TW that attribute Distin's recent mistakes on his advancing years. It was only last season that I heard commentators expressing their admiration for his pace, as he out-muscled many a fleet-footed youngster!
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and the well-oiled publicity machine of Martinez is trying to hide it.
35 Posted 10/10/2014 at 12:11:38
Maybe Roberto can't adapt to changing circumstances... I do not know Â– but we'll start winning, with the Villa, and move up Â– you'll see!
36 Posted 10/10/2014 at 13:36:39
Also, Tim Howard has not only had a few lapses in concentration, but also some temper tantrums, and could have got into hot water with his antics.
Perhaps it's just frustration.
I'm sure a win would help everyone, and the sight of our wounded returning should also give us a boost.
37 Posted 10/10/2014 at 14:01:42
In fact, we'd have no injuries at all if it wasn't for Wigan.
38 Posted 10/10/2014 at 14:12:29
Desperation or he is super human?
39 Posted 10/10/2014 at 15:17:34
That and we aren't playing until a week Saturday
40 Posted 10/10/2014 at 15:20:34
Did mean to say next weekend, the report deffo said Villa game.
41 Posted 10/10/2014 at 15:29:30
42 Posted 10/10/2014 at 18:00:05
Martinez needs to add that dimension back into our squad. If not, he needs to make sure we're unplayable no matter how predictable we are,
44 Posted 10/10/2014 at 20:59:49
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