According to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley has suffered a hamstring injury in training, but Toffees fans are sceptical on the problem for the contract rebel.
The Daily Mail says that the 23-year-old could face an extended lay-off after teammates saw him go down clutching his leg at the club’s Finch Farm training base, and had to be helped from the field.
The England international has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer after turning down a new contract offer to stay at Goodison Park, and the Merseyside outfit are keen to cash in on him now to avoid losing him for nothing in 2018 when his current deal is due to run out.
However, the latest setback may damage his chances of moving to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea or Arsenal – who are all interested according to the Daily Mail – before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and the majority don’t believe the injury to be real with some even suggesting that Barkley may be over-exaggerating the issue to ensure that he can leave for free next year.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Said he has because nobody wants him ..embarrassment!!
— Paddpadd everton fc (@PaddpaddK) August 14, 2017
I understand it. Just tired of the drama he's decided to bring to the club. Injury just seems to convenient
— Schneiderigurdsson (@Thekidsbrokeit) August 14, 2017
That old chestnut
— Phill Nuttall (@Nuttall1878) August 14, 2017
— Owen (@DirtyDavies_) August 14, 2017
— Paul Downes 👀 (@CallmeDownsie) August 14, 2017
Gutted, means he's staying 😕 least he won't be in the side though.
— Dr Damian Wilde (@DrDJWilde) August 14, 2017
Pull the other one
— the Chairman (@johanscouse) August 14, 2017
Running his contract down him an leaving on a free isn't he? https://t.co/IIaNUz9QpC
— Grant (@grant_1878) August 14, 2017