By Abigail Withey
Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley has sustained a nasty injury which could prevent him from leaving the club this summer, according to a report.
The Sun has revealed that the 23-year-old has picked up a fresh injury during training which could plunge into doubt a potential move to Tottenham or Chelsea, who both have their eye on the attacker.
The newspaper claims that the 22-capped England international ruptured his hamstring during a training session at the club’s Finch Farm complex on Monday morning.
It is understood that Barkley was in contention for a place in Ronald Koeman’s squad for the Toffees’ clash against Manchester City next Monday after he recently returned to training following a hernia operation, but this latest injury concern for the Premier League attacker may scupper a return.
The report states that both Tottenham and Chelsea will be disappointed by the injury news, who are hoping to secure his signature before the end of the transfer window.
It is said that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen on making Barkley his first recruit of the summer and wants to convert him to a central defender, but was unsure about paying the £50 million asking price.
While Tottenham were toying with paying the mega-money fee, Chelsea are reportedly waiting until the end of the transfer window to offer half of the Merseyside club’s asking price.
Barkley joins fellow injured absentees such as Ramiro Funes Mori, Aaron Lennon and Seamus Coleman among a string of other names.
Football Insider verdict
While seeing Barkley sidelined will be a massive blow for Ronald Koeman ahead of their Manchester City tie, it could work to the Toffees’ advantage as it will increase his chances of him staying at Goodison Park this summer. The Everton boss already has a number of players out, but he would probably rather Barkley recovered at Finch Farm in order to return to the squad in the near future that move to a Premier League rival. However, as the 23-year-old is now in his final 12 months of his contract Koeman must do everything he can to secure an extension rather than risk losing him for free this time next year. While the £50 million asking price would help recoup some of the fees the boss has spent on strengthening his squad over the past few months, Barkley’s position in the squad is far more valuable.
In other Everton news, this Toffees goalkeeper has been ruled out of action until November after undergoing surgery.