Everton announced their squad for the pre-season trip to Tanzania on their official website on Tuesday, and contract rebel Ross Barkley was a notable absentee because of a groin injury.
The 23-year-old has been the subject of a lot of speculation in recent months as he is yet to sign a new contract with the Toffees, and with just a year left on his current deal the Merseyside outfit will likely cash in on him this summer rather than lose him for nothing next year.
The signings of Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney have already provided the England international with more competition, and his latest absence has only cast further doubt over his future.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on Barkley’s absence via social media, with many believing that the story that he had an injury wasn’t true, especially as teammate Yannick Bolasie has travelled despite the fact that he is still recovering from an ACL injury, and that Ronald Koeman is trying to force him out.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
"Groin injury" ?
— Terry McAllister (@terrymcallister) July 11, 2017
Yeah can see why Mori might not be included, Joel looks to be going but the Barkley one is odd. Don't think he's injured at all….
— Aidy Dews (@AidyDews) July 11, 2017
Was apparently training yesterday and I long term injury on bolaise… and he's traveling. Seems he's been side stepped more than anything
— EvertonFC Fan Zone (@EFCfanzone) July 11, 2017
Looking like sigurdson in Berkley out
Hope I'm wrong still have a soft spot for ross
— HASH (@bardz17) July 11, 2017
So barkley hasn't gone because of a groin problem, but Bolasie with a snapped ACL managed to make it? Yeah alright. Seems legit.
— Hayley…♡ (@HayGoree) July 11, 2017
Bids on the table or Koeman turning the screw to force him out?
— Duncan Chriscoli (@DChriscoli) July 12, 2017
— Lee Rushton ⚽ (@LeeRushton2) July 11, 2017
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