Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Aaron Ramsey could be out for up to a month because of a hamstring injury.
Wenger also suggested playing for Wales against Andorra could have contributed to the injury and predicted Ramsey would miss the friendly international with Holland on November 13.
The first game Ramsey will miss is the Barclays Premier League clash with Everton tomorrow.
Wenger told the Arsenal website last night: “He had a scan today but he’s out. I believe he will be out until after the next international break.
“With the (last) international break, the fact that he played against Andorra certainly cost (Gareth) Bale and him as well.” Ramsey and Bale both faced Andorra in a Euro 2016 qualifying match on October 13.
Ramsey was taken off injured in the 2-0 Champions League win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday, having played 90 minutes against Watford three days before.
Meanwhile Roberto Martinez has urged Everton to respond to their loss to Manchester United by bouncing back in a fixture that has caused them numerous problems down the years.
A week on from the 3-0 home defeat to United, the Merseysiders travel to Arsenal on Saturday looking to end a winless away streak that has stretched the entire 19 years of manager Arsene Wenger’s reign.
And Toffees boss Martinez saiid ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium: “(The United match) was a really bad day for us.
“It was one of those results you could not see coming or expect.
“We want to be back to reaching our level, the level we showed consistently this season – and we will have to do it at one of the hardest arenas in the league and against one of the hardest oppositions.” Martinez, whose side are ninth in the table, is demanding a return to form from his men, who were unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions prior to the United loss.
“You look at what Arsenal have achieved in the last few weeks and we know we are going to find a team probably in their best moment of confidence and belief,” he said.
“I wouldn’t say a team as experienced in those European nights as Arsenal will suffer a hangover – if anything, they will have incredible momentum from that win and they have a big enough squad.
“But we need to look at ourselves and react from what happened in our performance at the weekend, making sure we are as good as we can be.
“Historically, this is not a fixture that we do too well in.
“But that is an added incentive for us – making sure we can turn it around.” Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley will be assessed to see if he is ready to make his first-team return in Saturday’s game, having had his maiden run-out since sustaining an ankle injury in August when he played 60 minutes of an under-21 match on Tuesday.
With winger Steven Pienaar also nearing a comeback after featuring in Tuesday’s contest and full-back Leighton Baines among a group of other players making good progress in their rehabilitation, Martinez says he is “very close” to having a full squad.
Someone who recently returned to the fold after suspension is Kevin Mirallas.
The winger has only made four appearances this term and was an unused substitute against United, but Martinez has backed him to make an impact for the Toffees in 2015-16.
“Kevin has been very unfortunate,” Martinez said.
“He had little niggles and a couple of knocks, then the sending-off at Swansea was very harsh.
“But I expect him to have a massive say in our performances ahead.”
© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved