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Lukaku injury not as serious as first feared

29 January 2014 16:34

Romelu Lukaku is facing "weeks rather than months" out of action with an ankle injury, Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed.

The on-loan Chelsea striker left Anfield on Tuesday with his foot in a cast after being withdrawn just 25 minutes into the Merseyside derby, which Liverpool won 4-0.

Initial reports suggested that the 20-year-old had damaged ankle ligaments and Everton fans feared the worst a matter of days after left-back Bryan Oviedo suffered a double leg break.

However, Martinez has delivered a positive update on Lukaku's injury.

"There is no ligament damage and the injury is not as bad as we first thought," Martinez told the club's official website.

"It will be a case of weeks rather than months."

The loss of Lukaku – who has scored nine goals in 19 Premier League appearances since moving to Goodison Park in September – is an undoubted blow to Everton's top-four hopes, which were seriously undermined by Liverpool.

Lukaku is Everton's top scorer, although he has failed to find the net in his last six games in all competitions.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
28 January 2014
Game week
23
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21:00
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3 - 0
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4 - 0
Venue
Anfield (Liverpool)
Attendance
44450

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S. Gerrard 21'
(assist by L. Suárez) 
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D. Sturridge 35'
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L. Suárez 50'  
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