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Manager: Everton will be boosted when this attacker returns

By Abigail Withey 

Former Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that attacker Ross Barkley will return to the squad and prove himself once he’s recovered from his injury.

The 23-year-old is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem and isn’t expected to make a return until the end of November.

His injury has meant that he hasn’t featured in any of Everton’s games so far this season, which has led him to miss some heavy defeats in both the Premier and Europa League.

Despite being out for a number of months his former manager, who was in charge from 2013 to 2016, believes that he is the type of player to come back stronger.

“Ross has been through so much adversity already in his career,” the current Belgium manager said on Alan Brazil’s TalkSport Breakfast Show.

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“He went on loan to Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday and didn’t play in those spells as often as he should have done. He broke his leg in an earlier period. He always overcame any adversity that came his way.

“This is a tough period for him now, and with the injury, but he is the type of footballer that will never give up.

“He loves the game and I can see Ross Barkley coming back and showing the real talent that he has.”

Barkley has been a key feature for the Toffees over the years after growing through the academy levels and has made a total of 179 appearances across all competitions where he has scored 27 goals and 28 assists.

The attacking midfielder has entered the final 12 months of his contract and was expected to leave over the summer after he was highly linked with a move to Chelsea.

Upon his return from injury it looks as though the playmaker will have to compete for his spot in the squad as boss Ronald Koeman recruited Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney over the summer and their attack-minded performances have replaced any void Barkley may have left.

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