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Football: Everton's Barkley has fractured toe

Published on Jan 14, 2014 9:23 PM
 
Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring a goal against Queens Park Rangers during their English FA Cup football match at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Jan 4, 2014. Barkley has fractured a toe, the English Premier League football club announced on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Everton's rising England star Ross Barkley has fractured a toe, the English Premier League football club announced on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old midfielder suffered the injury during Everton's FA Cup third-round win over Queens Park Rangers and sat out Saturday's 2-0 defeat of Norwich City in the Premier League.

In a statement, Everton said that Barkley had a "small fracture" and was likely to be out of action for between three and six weeks.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines spent a month out of action prior to Christmas after picking up a similar injury.

Barkley has been one of the breakthrough stars of the current Premier League season and has been tipped for a place in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil.