Barkley out for up to six weeks

14 January 2014 08:13:13 EST

Everton's England midfielder Ross Barkley could be out for as long as six weeks after his club confirmed that he has suffered a fractured toe.

The 20-year-old rising star, who has won three caps for his country to date, sustained the problem during the 4-0 FA Cup third round win over QPR at Goodison Park.

However, Barkley could be back in action in as little as three weeks, with the Toffees saying that they cannot put an exact timescale on his absence.

Barkley has been one of the stars of the first half of the Premier League season, with Everton up among the hopefuls for not only a top-four finish, but also the title.

Roberto Martinez's side are currently fifth in the Premier League, having lost less games than any other team in the top-flight so far this season, two.

Everton can be backed at 25/1 to secure a top-four spot, while they are 12121/1 to be crowned league champions for the first time since 1985-86 and 1212/1 to win the FA Cup for the sixth time in their history.

The loss of Barkley will be offset by the recent arrival of Irish winger Aiden McGeady, who has moved to Merseyside from Spartak Moscow, while striker Nikica Jelavic is set to exit Goodison Park to join Hull City.

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