Barkley fit to face Palace

12/04/2016  39 Comments  [Jump to last]
Ross Barkley has recovered from the knock he took to his knee on Saturday and will be in the squad for tomorrow's clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The midfielder was substituted midway through the second half of the 1-1 draw with Watford but does not appear to have sustained any damage.

As expected, however, Phil Jagielka is ruled out and Tom Cleverley is a doubt after picking up an injury in.

Roberto Martinez told the media today that Jagielka will miss the midweek game and Saturday's home match against Southampton but it is too early to assess whether he will have overcome a hamstring strain by the Anfield derby or whether he will be fit to play in the FA Cup semi-final on the 23rd.

“It is too early to say about the semi-final,” said Martínez where Jagielka is concerned.

“He will miss tomorrow's game and the game at the weekend and then we will have to assess it on a daily basis. He is a quick healer and we will know more by Tuesday next week.”

Martinez went into further detail with the Liverpool Echo who report that Jagielka won't participate in training until Monday at the earliest and will undergo a second scan after the first came back as inconclusive.

“Because we scanned it really early, just to try to see if we could use him straight away, the information is not very clear,” Martinez explained.

“We need to allow it to settle down. What's clear is that he can't be working or exercising until Monday and then we will assess him, we will re-scan him and have a clear idea of the extent of the injury at that point.”  

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Patrick Carty
1 Posted 12/04/2016 at 15:44:44
We need a big performance from Barkley tomorrow night, he has after all been very poor lately.

Maybe a spell on the sidelines would give him the kick up the arse to get him back to his best.

Anthony Flack
2 Posted 12/04/2016 at 15:57:10
Is Besic fit?
Andy Codling
3 Posted 12/04/2016 at 16:11:57
Any news on why our January signing Niasse is still not fit????
Shane Corcoran
6 Posted 12/04/2016 at 16:32:30
James, I thought it was customary to put a hashtag at the end of a comment.

Anyway, that's about as high as my interest goes in this game. I think I'll watch Atletico v Barca.

Dan Davies
7 Posted 12/04/2016 at 16:34:08
What James said.
Nick Page
8 Posted 12/04/2016 at 16:46:47
He must have done it getting off the coach 'cos he certainly never gets near enough any of the opposition to get a knock.
Patrick Murphy
9 Posted 12/04/2016 at 16:51:19
Whoever is fit and available to play at Selhurst Park tomorrow evening and whatever the formation is, I hope that Everton play well and win. Whilst I fully understand the feelings of apathy towards the team at the moment, I want Everton to start winning games sooner rather than later, if not only for the morale of the team but for those Everton supporters who will be in attendance at Selhurst Park.

If this recent torrid run continues for too long, it will sap the belief of the players and I wouldn't expect them to suddenly raise their game for Wembley. We have an awful lot of supporters who will travel to the Semi-Final having spent plenty of cash and they – particularly the younger fans, deserve to see an Everton team fully committed to the cause, not one bereft of belief – so I hope we play well and earn three points tomorrow night and in the rest of the fixtures that precede the Semi-Final.

Roberto isn't going to be sacked before the final days of the season, if it all, so let's just concentrate on getting behind the team and hopefully we can help to push them up the table but more importantly cheer them on to an unlikely triumph in the FA Cup. I know who am I kidding? But we have to try don't we?

Anto Byrne
10 Posted 12/04/2016 at 17:04:54
Where are Osman and Pienaar? How about Galloway in the middle? Isn't he a central defender? I would like the energy of Besic and Oviedo.

Keep Barkley on the bench and run Deulofeu in midfield with Mirallas and Lukaku up front.

It's results that matter from here on in as we have 21 points to play for. six or seven wins on the trot would be great form if we can get past West Ham Uts or Man Utd and play Watford in the final.

We definitely need to get into Europe, how's the Fair Play League looking?

Nick Page
11 Posted 12/04/2016 at 17:13:15
If Roberto Martinez isn't sacked, then this football club is rotten to the core and doesn't deserve the loyal support shown to it week-in week-out.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that if that's the case then the whole take-over/investment is purely a smokescreen for this most cancerous of boards to continue with its on-going scam.

Lets hope he is. Sacked

John Hughes
12 Posted 12/04/2016 at 17:28:35
I agree with James, Martinez Out.
Andy Meighan
13 Posted 12/04/2016 at 17:54:55
Good post, Patrick, and one we all echo. Obviously no-one wants to see us struggling. But I'll be quite honest here – I can't see us winning too many games between now and the end of the season, if any at all.

I'm desperate for us to lift the FA Cup. The heart is saying a big Yes but the head is saying a massive "Won't happen".

On another note, apparently there's a video going round of Martinez confronting a fan at Finch Farm after the guy give him a mouthful during the Under-21 match against Chelsea. I don't know if anyone can elaborate but there were the rumours flying round work today...

Dave Lynch
14 Posted 12/04/2016 at 18:04:54
Whoopie doo...

Let's hope he puts a shift in then eh!

Unlike most of the games he's played this season.

Charles Barrow
15 Posted 12/04/2016 at 18:06:04
I agree with Patrick v I'm going to the game and the semi final. I don't want us to lose.

The club is bigger than one man – there is no way he's going to be sacked until the summer (if at all) so, until then, COYB!

Steve Little
17 Posted 12/04/2016 at 18:13:28
I agree with Patrick (#9). There is way too much extreme negativity on this site.

I know things are a long way from perfect but how many times have you seen Liverpool win a cup with an underperforming team and an overrated manager. And didn't you always want some of it?

This season is our best chance for over 20 years but if we are not careful we will talk ourselves out of whatever chance we do have.

Let's get behind the team ... At least until the cup run is over.

We are not going to get relegated. Once it became apparent we will finish outside the Champions league places, Martinez was absolutely correct to prioritise the cups.

I really don't want us to play so hard over the next three games that we can't perform well in the semi, although I admit to being confused about how we should approach the derby.

All I am saying is let's give ourselves the best chance of some long overdue success.

Ray Smith
18 Posted 12/04/2016 at 18:15:28
Not going to Selhurst Park, but I'll be at Goodison Saturday. I'll shout for Martinez out before the game and shout for the team during the game.

He has said again that he has 7 years experience as a premier league manager.

The last time he said it, I posted my view, and I'll say it again: He hasn't got 7 years experience, he's got 1 years experience 7 times.

Totally deluded!!!

Ian Brandes
20 Posted 12/04/2016 at 18:51:02
More wrecks than a scrap yard. Thank God, Roberto has physio qualifications.

Just do one MARTINEZ!

Brian Porter
21 Posted 12/04/2016 at 19:03:18
Martinez out. He's an embarrassing charlatan. I now actually despise the man for his latest outburst.

Apparently no one is to blame for our poor results... seriously, that's what he said today!

Pete Edwards
22 Posted 12/04/2016 at 19:07:38
Wow Nick, rotten to the core... quite a comment and view to have, care to elaborate?
Minik Hansen
24 Posted 12/04/2016 at 19:30:31
Martinez, squad, staff, fans, the club, the history, I love it all. Thank God I support this club. COYB NSNO IMIT.
Lewis Abbott
25 Posted 12/04/2016 at 19:49:28
Brian Porter, I've agreed wholeheartedly twice with you this week. How have the press only taken the injury updates from the press conference?

How is no-one to blame? If he genuinely believes these words then it says everything we need to know.

Ray Smith
26 Posted 12/04/2016 at 19:50:09
It would be nice to hear Moshiri's view on things.

Hopefully he's the quiet type that takes it all in and strikes when you least expect it.

Please Mr Moshiri, give us a clue?

Paul Conway
27 Posted 12/04/2016 at 19:52:18
The following quotes are Robert Martinez's latest comments;

'We are a football club that we have got our own means to compete against anyone, to play eye to eye against anyone and we should be disappointed or happy with the level of performance, and sometimes it shouldn't matter who you are playing against and probably that is what we need to focus on at the end of the season, how strong the performances can be.'

Now , English is my first language and I am ok at crosswords and Countdown, but the above speil has got be conundrummed!

'I'll have an O please Bob!' An O for OUT!!

Frank McGregor
28 Posted 12/04/2016 at 20:03:26
The replacement of Martinez is only one piece of the puzzle for the 2016-17 season, particularly with the number of players not retained after the season is finished.
Martin Nicholls
29 Posted 12/04/2016 at 20:39:40
Well said Patrick Murphy. COYB
Christy Ring
30 Posted 12/04/2016 at 20:41:18
Play 4-4-2, a team with shape, and Mirallas upfront with Lukaku – he's a totally different player when he has someone to support him – and quit picking players out of position.
Stephen Brown
31 Posted 12/04/2016 at 20:41:44
I'd give Ross a break anyway!

How about 4-4-2 with Rom and Niasse upfront? Can't be any worse can it?

Jay Harris
32 Posted 12/04/2016 at 20:49:37
Ross needs taking out for a game or two as he appears to have gone into safe mode like Stones and that does nothing for the team.

We need more goals from midfield so I would give young Dowell a run out as, apart from the semi-final, this season is dead now anyway.

Neil Gribbin
33 Posted 12/04/2016 at 21:58:27
I would drop him anyway to be honest. The whole team need a shake up. He has been no worse than half of them, but something needs to be changed.
Andrew James
34 Posted 12/04/2016 at 22:15:00
For all the people calling out Barkley for being lazy etc...

How many of our midfielders have scored double figures in a season? People used to worship Arteta and he never got anywhere near such a tally.

I am struggling to think of anyone. Osman used to score 7 or 8, Cahill was regularly in double figures but often played as a striker. Fellaini scored a lot in his last season but again was employed as a forward most of the time.

Can we leave him be? Local lad, great ability and looks like he's been carrying an injury for a while.

Colin Glassar
35 Posted 12/04/2016 at 22:23:05
Great post, Andrew. I'd also give Ross a breather, not because he's knackered but it looks like his confidence is shot.

Ross is at his best when he's allowed to shoot, and roam, from anywhere around the 18-yard box but it looks like he's been told to stop this. As a traditional midfield player, he is shite as he can't tackle and seems lost in that role. Let him play as an old-fashioned inside right and watch him blossom.

Nick Armitage
36 Posted 12/04/2016 at 22:31:37
Barkley fit for Palace – how? He's carrying too much weight and hasn't been fit all season.
Steve Davies
37 Posted 12/04/2016 at 22:54:05
Would the £3m a year Martinez please go down to Walton Hall Park and maybe one of our local scouse kiddies league football managers may give you some advice about how to organize a defense ie. one on the front post Roberto and one on the back post.

Have a word with yourself lad you arrogant fool. If you don't know how to do certain things you seek advice and get a team around you who can give you support. That is the art of a good manager. To surround yourself with Wigan acolytes who depend on you for a living says it all to me. Even Bainesey tried to tell you and you shot him down in flames.

But I genuinely think you don't listen to anyone because you are so full of yourself. The press conferences say it all for me. Would you buy a used car from this fella?

Take your pay off lad and please go away, the sooner the better.

Damian Wilde
38 Posted 12/04/2016 at 23:05:10
Barkley has been awful lately. When has the ball he just dances side to side likes he's line dancing or gives it away and when he hasn't, he trots about lazily. He should be benched.
Jay Griffiths
39 Posted 12/04/2016 at 23:12:25
Nick @36. 100% spot on. Ross looks like he's carrying extra weight. Too top heavy. Watched him carefully on Saturday. There's nothing dynamic in his game at present.

Also Saturday, Watford put a free kick to our back post for Deeney to try to head across goal, then repeated from a corner. My lad said they're aiming deep on the cross all the time, they know are full backs are beatable there. Corner on HT, back post, 2 Watford players, goal.

Martinez, defending? Since Stubbs went to Hibs it's eroded on a weekly basis. We moaned all the way home. This could be our new investors defining moment if he acts. He must recognise this is no longer a minority, it's a general consensus.

Charlie Lloyd
40 Posted 12/04/2016 at 23:45:27
Barkley started the season impressively but has tailed off in tandem with our season. I don't think he has the mental toughness when things are going negatively.

He's also a crux to our recent problems. An attacking midfielder who doesn't get close enough to Lukaku for me and lets players stroll past him in midfield. So what does he bring to the party.

If he was to be missing or benched due to not fully fit it's worth a punt sticking Mirallas up top with Lukaku. The recent game plan seems to be hitting longer balls forward quicker so it really bypasses Barkley and leaves Lukaku isolated.

If only the manager could adjust his formation eh!

Peter Bell
44 Posted 13/04/2016 at 01:07:24
Just some of the quotes from others on this thread today.

"Barkley has a knock" – he must have done it getting off the coach 'cos he certainly never gets near enough any of the opposition to get a knock.

Barkley fit for Palace – how? He's carrying too much weight and hasn't been fit all season.

Barkley has been awful lately. When has the ball he just dances side to side likes he's line dancing or gives it away and when he hasn't, he trots about lazily.

Nick @36. 100% spot on. Ross looks like he's carrying extra weight. Too top heavy. Watched him carefully on Saturday. There's nothing dynamic in his game at present.

Over to you, Mr Darren Hind

Anthony Dwyer
45 Posted 13/04/2016 at 01:19:08
It blows my mind when our fans use any opportunity to slam Ross.

He's playing below his best in a poor side; he's still got decent figures for the season in terms of his goals and assists, and at times he's been unplayable. Ross has continued to give his all, he's never once entertained talk of a move, despite the fact most big clubs in England would take him tomorrow.

During the season almost every player in every side has had dips in form. Look at Sanchez, Mata, Rooney, Courtinho, Eriksson, Harry Kane, Igalho, Ramsey and Ozil. Each of them has had barren spells were they look a shadow of there true selves.

We need to get behind the likes of Ross, even more so than we do for Rom and Del as they are always lauded over, and I'd bet Ross will have a bigger impact throughout his Everton career than either of them two.

Ross should be played in the centre of the park, with an all action defensive midfielder to do his dirty work. He needs players going past him so as he can pick passes to runners in dangerous positions, and most of all he needs to play with freedom, and not being made to be frightened of giving g the ball away and making mistakes.

I hear many blue fans say Barkley is over rated, why on earth do we jump on our own players instead of embracing him. He's one of our own, he's professional and he's quality, what more do we want.

Colin Gee
46 Posted 13/04/2016 at 01:59:47
Ross took a couple of heavy tackles in the first 10 minutes at Watford on Saturday, he looked like he was carrying the knock until he came off.

There is a good player in their somewhere, just needs a decent Manager to show him the way....

I would play him tomorrow and on Saturday and give him a rest at the pit next Wednesday, to make sure he is fit for Wembley on the Saturday.

As the song goes. "We've got a diamond...."

Mick Davies
47 Posted 13/04/2016 at 02:10:32
Ross had a purple patch early on but, like most of our players, he seems to have given up. Lukaku looks lost and disinterested and no one has shown any consistency; it looks like someone has turned these talented players into losers, now I wonder who that could be?

Well 84% of ToffeeWeb seem to know, even Sky Sports are onto him with a graphic showing our home points ratio being the 4th worst in all time Premier League history! The trouble is, the egomaniac in the boardroom – with his arm embarrassingly around the new owner's neck – made a staggeringly childish remark about the person who is to blame, and now the pride of the Boys Pen will not allow reason to get in the way of his pride.

So please, Farhad, put us out of our misery – Martinez Out!

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