Roberto Martinez: 'Ross Barkley could miss up to five months through injury'

England international midfielder Ross Barkley could miss up to five months of the season through injury, Everton manager Roberto Martinez reveals.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that Ross Barkley's knee injury could see the midfielder ruled out for up to five months.

The 20-year-old left training with his leg in a brace earlier this week after suffering medial ligament damage.

Barkley was expected to miss the next six weeks, but Martinez is fearing the worst, saying that he could be out for "anything from seven weeks to four or five months".

"With the swelling we don't really know how bad the injury is," BBC Sport quotes him as saying. "He had a scan but it was a bit difficult to determine the extent."

Everton kicked off their Premier League season with a 2-2 draw against Leicester City earlier today.

Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring the opening goal against QPR during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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