LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has fractured a toe on his left foot and could be sidelined for up to six weeks.
The 20-year-old Barkley, whose impressive form this season could earn him a place in England's World Cup squad, was hurt in Everton's 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup on Jan. 4.
Everton isn't putting an exact timeframe on Barkley's likely return but says he could be out for between three-to-six weeks.
Barkley has been compared by Everton manager Roberto Martinez to former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne and is one of the country's brightest prospects.
He has made three appearances for England this season.