It was confirmed on Tuesday that Kevin Mirallas will miss the remaining three games of the season with a groin injury.
In an interview with Everton TV, Martinez said:
“Kevin’s scans came back and they have revealed a small tear in his groin. He is going to be out for the season which is a real disappointment and a shame because he was in a phenomenal moment of form.
“But the memory we have of his performance against Manchester United is a terrific image. The way he took his goal and how he was a dynamic force throughout the game – it was an outstanding performance.
“It’s a great way to finish the season if it’s the last game he is going to be involved in this campaign.”
“It is not a major injury. It could be anything up to five or six weeks, and that’s looking at the worst-case scenario. Kevin is a quick healer and I would be surprised if he is not available after three or four weeks.
“It’s a shame because we had three really important games and Kevin has always been really influential this campaign. But the most important aspect now is that we get him fully fit and ready to participate with Belgium in the World Cup.”
As Martinez touched upon, Mirallas played really well in the 2-0 win against Manchester United and it is a shame he will miss the remaining games of the season – away to Southampton, the last home game of the season against Man City and the conclusion of the season away to Hull City.
He seemed to be coming into a run of form, so for that to be cut short, I think, will hit the squad, but we have always come up with alternatives. When we lost captain Phil Jagielka to injury, John Stones stepped up massively!
Kevin Mirallas seems to be in good spirit, taking to his Instagram account to share his thoughts.
The 26 year old Belgian international has scored 9 times for us this season and has set up 10, his work up and down the pitch has been vital to each game.
He does appear to have somewhat of a ‘Midas touch’, his ability to turn games around and weave his way down the pitch to set up goal scoring opportunities is something that will be missed.
In a way the silver lining is perhaps that it has happened with only three games left, I think it would have been more of a blow, had he sustained the injury a few games prior to the United game.
The Everton Page on Facebook asked for your thoughts on how much of a loss Mirallas will be. Thanks for getting in touch and here are some of your views.
I agree with what a lot of you are saying, in that there are plenty of people available to ‘step up’. Aiden McGeady and Gerard Deulofeu have looked impressive lately and both can provide the impact we need in Mirallas’ absence.
I particularly agree with the first comment from Steve Nelson: Mirallas has been inconsistent this season, but he did seem to be coming into his own and as everyone seems to be saying, he is going to be a loss. As we all know we are missing a lot of players through injury at the moment and it is another blow to have yet another strong player out.
Saturday’s game away to Southampton will be a big test. Against a team that has been very good this season and with the number of absences we have, everyone needs to work together and go out fighting once more. The race for 4th is still on, it is ours for the taking.
In Martinez we trust.
Until next time Blues…