Anxious wait for injured Distin

first_img Press Association The French defender was forced off with a hamstring injury at half-time of Sunday’s victory over Manchester United and will definitely miss Saturday’s trip to Southampton. By the weekend Everton hope to be in a position to know the extent of the injury but the worst-case scenario is the season is over for the 36-year-old, who up until the weekend had completed 90 minutes in every one of his previous 31 league starts. Everton centre-back Sylvain Distin faces an anxious 48 hours to find out whether his season has been prematurely ended by injury. center_img “Sylvain had to come off against United on Sunday and he won’t be fit for this weekend,” said manager Roberto Martinez. “It is a little bit too early to know how long he is going to be out. “I do think that over the next 48 hours we will have a clear idea of whether he will be available before the season ends.” With Phil Jagielka still not ready to return from a hamstring injury which has sidelined him since the end of February it leaves Martinez with youngster John Stones, who has impressed deputising for Jagielka, and Antolin Alcaraz – who has played just five times since making his debut in December following an injury-troubled start to life at Goodison Park following after his summer move from Wigan. Jagielka is expected to return next weekend when title-chasers Manchester City visit. Midfielders Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson (both knee), strikers Arouna Kone (knee) and on-loan Lacina Traore (hamstring) and defender Bryan Oviedo (broken leg) are all still sidelined. last_img

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