Barry adds to injury woes ahead of Wembley

by | 21/04/2016  21 Comments  [Jump to last]

Gareth Barry is a major doubt for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final after coming off at half time of last night's disaster at Anfield with a groin strain.

The midfielder tied David James for the most starts by a player in the Premier League era but he did not reappear for the second half and was replaced by Muhamed Besic.

Roberto Martinez confirmed that the 35-year-old's injury after the match, saying: "It's Gareth's groin so he is very doubtful.

"He felt it very close to half time so we'll see the extent of it. Maybe he came off at the right time. We'll assess it in the morning."

Barry would have been one of the candidates to deputise for Ramiro Funes Mori against Manchester United after the Argentine defender was sent off in the 4-0 drubbing but his likely absence and John Stones's illness means that the Blues will be stretched to the limit in that department at Wembley.

Besic dropped into the back four following Funes Mori's dismissal and was joined by James McCarthy when Stones went off with stomach cramps as there were no defenders named on the substitutes' bench.

With Phil Jagielka unlikely to be fit, Seamus Coleman still doubtful and Brendan Galloway carrying a knock, Martinez may be forced to call up one of his Under-21s players like Callum Connolly or Mason Holgate to fill the breach at the weekend.

"With John Stones, it's just illness," Martinez continued. "We hope he will be fully fit but, clearly, Ramiro Funes Mori is going to miss the game through suspension."  


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Chris James
1 Posted 21/04/2016 at 06:04:56
Wow, so we're on a terrible run, can't defend and have half the team out.

Looking good!

Anthony Dwyer
2 Posted 21/04/2016 at 08:46:49
It's times like this that brave managers use the kids, not put square pegs in round holes.

Oviedo at right back proved that the above won't work.

The defence is destroyed, and now Barry too, we need to play Stones at cb along with Galloway or Holgate, Connerly at rb and Baines at lb.

Besic can easily step in for Barry, but we also have the option of Cleverly or Gibson, so it's not all bad. A midfield of Besic and Mccarthy would give us more legs than one with Barry in anyways, it will just offer a little less protection to the defence, that said, the defence hasn't been protected of late anyway.

Simply put, if Coleman and Jags don't recover in time for Saturday then do what United do and play some kids, what's the worst that can happen.

Jim Bennings
3 Posted 21/04/2016 at 08:51:58
Gone beyond caring what the team is for Saturday anyway.

We know whoever plays will let us down, that's what Everton do, nothing changes.

I expect a marginal improvement on last nights shipwreck but there is no way we will keep Rashford and Martial quiet and what the hell are we going to hurt them with?

The goals have completely dried up altogether in the last 10 games .

Ernie Baywood
4 Posted 21/04/2016 at 09:00:34
We can put out a good enough team. Just as we did last night. And for the whole season.

Stones will be back once he has a good shite.

It's not the personnel that's the issue.

John Pickles
5 Posted 21/04/2016 at 09:10:23
I have the feeling that a lot of the players don't want to be out on the pitch, with small niggles seeming worse than they are. An indication of how low team morale has descended.
Jim Bennings
6 Posted 21/04/2016 at 09:25:34
John Pickles

You are 100% correct!

Same with Niasse, just what the hell is this lack of fitness all about? This is a supposedly superior to normal everyday man athlete with professional training yet he still not fit!!!

If you are a footballer you will probably always set foot on the pitch with the odd ache, pain, bruise or twinge, if you are not willing to do that then I'd advise against a career in contact sport.

We seem to possess too many wimps these days.

Anthony Dwyer
7 Posted 21/04/2016 at 09:29:07
Be fair lads, Niasse has a sore wrist and Stones had period pains, what do you want from them, it was only a local derby.
John Crook
8 Posted 21/04/2016 at 09:51:57
Going into a FA cup semi final with no senior centre halves and no right backs, all thanks to man management and bizarre squad selections from our fraud of a manager. God Bless to all the Evertonian's who are travelling down to London. I feel relieved I wont be joining you's this weekend!
Matt Henderson
9 Posted 21/04/2016 at 10:42:32
It would not matter if we had ten fit defenders or if we had the greatest defenders in history available. Nobody can defend in the Martinez system/approach. Martinez would ruin any defence and any defender. I actually feel sorry for our defenders and, especially, Stones. Martinez is/has ruined all their short term international prospects with his complete and utter negligence of the defence. Stones is still so young and incredibly promising. He is crying out for some education in the basics of defending, which should be simple enough, but he appears to receive none.

Martinez is now a proven failure in management in the long term. The anomaly of his managerial career is not the poor performances of the last two seasons or his ENTIRE time at Wigan. The anomaly of his career is how he somehow managed to come 5th in his first season with us.

Tom Bowers
10 Posted 21/04/2016 at 13:42:42
No fan in their right mind can make excuses for Martinez. He just doesn't have what it takes.

Sure, we can criticize individual players after every game even when they win which hasn't been often this season but what seemed a one off against Bournemouth has proved since it was a malaise that has stayed with them in many games since.

The defensive set up cannot cope with speed and the dilly-dallying by Stones and Funes Mori bringing the ball out of defence has been shocking.

The attacking options previously exploited by Baines and Coleman have been negated this season and therefore the support to Rom. has been limited. (amazing, he has still scored a bunch).

Whilst Barkley and Lennon have only in spurts offered any meaningful offence, very little has been seen of Mirallas, Kone or sadly, Deulofeu whom so much was expected.

Yesterday's debacle was a culmination of many poor team performances and in no way can Martinez be allowed to continue.

Charles Packer
11 Posted 21/04/2016 at 14:31:12
Where is Brendan Galloway? Perhaps injured? No.

Perhaps playing for under 21's? No.

So where is he when we are short of defenders?

Andrew Ellams
12 Posted 21/04/2016 at 14:33:36
Charles, the OP says Galloway has knock
Tom Bowers
13 Posted 21/04/2016 at 14:42:44
I said before the Derby match that the RS were licking their lips and I suppose now the Manure are licking their's too !
I don't see anything wrong with getting shut of Martinez now as he has cannot do anything to raise this team's morale.
Personally I would play a few youngsters on Saturday as they cannot do any worse and probably have more commitment.
Look how Manure suddenly produced Rashford who has been keeping a big money signing (Memphis) on the bench.
John Raftery
14 Posted 21/04/2016 at 16:39:14
Why was Barry risked at all last night? He has been our most consistent player this season but was injured after the Palace game. Groin strains require rest. Playing him on Wednesday was another example of gross ineptitude by the manager.
Christy Ring
15 Posted 21/04/2016 at 17:11:52
Why doesn't he play Oviedo in midfield, he can't be any worse than playing him, right/left back.
Paul Thompson
16 Posted 21/04/2016 at 18:44:34
Like others I've few hopes for Saturday, but the loss of Barry would be a big blow. He's wise head and tough competitor with big game experience.
Andy Meighan
17 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:15:32
It won't matter who plays, it's obvious the players don't want to play for him.

Imagine having to listen to his inane drivel day-in & day-out... Sad days indeed.

Neil Lawson
18 Posted 21/04/2016 at 19:17:40
I, like so many others, was desperately hoping Martinez would be sacked today. A vague hope.

I am desperately saddened to admit that I really don't care if they lose on Saturday. Worse still, I probably hope that they do lose so he will be gone in a heartbeat.

I spent today dreaming of a team led by Unsy or even Joe Royle, which included some of our talented youngsters, playing out of their skins and if their lives depended upon it. Better still, the dream ended with a win and unbridled joy and excitement. Do you remember those days? We have to hope.......

Paul Cherrington
19 Posted 21/04/2016 at 20:10:14
Sorry but I don't believe Barry or Stones were injured last night. I think there was either a massive argument with RM at half-time & he hooked them or they both bottled it. Groin strain is up there with calf strain & tight hamstring as an excuse players use to get out of the firing line.
Craig Mills
20 Posted 21/04/2016 at 20:44:07
We may be seriously stretched but I'd think wisely about picking Oviedo for the next game, he's been murdered in the last 2 games at both left and right back. Baines, Stones, 1/2 fit Jags, Pennington is probably as good as it's going to get.
Derek Thomas
21 Posted 21/04/2016 at 23:15:17
Groin = 2 weeks. Manager sacked = fit for next week.
Don't think he's on his own either.

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