Roberto Martinez: 'Ross Barkley fortunate as injury could have been a lot worse'

Roberto Martinez the manager of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on April 12, 2014
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Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes that Ross Barkley is fortunate not to be out for longer after injuring his knee in training.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that Ross Barkley's injury could have been a lot worse after the midfielder picked up a knock in training.

The Spaniard thinks the 20-year-old could have been out for much longer if the incident happened earlier in the pre-season.

"He is fortunate really, yes, it could have been a lot worse," Martinez told The Mirror.

"Three weeks earlier and it would have been a full rupture because you are not as fit, strong and the body is not ready to react to that."

The Englishman suffered knee ligament damage after colliding with fellow international Gareth Barry in training before the start of the season and is out for an estimated six weeks.

Everton's Spanish manager Roberto Martinez reacts to Leicester City's second equalising goal during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on August 16, 2014
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