Lukaku out for 'weeks rather than months'
Published 30/01/2014 | 02:30
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku looks almost certain to be out for "weeks rather than months" with an ankle injury.
Manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that the Belgium international did not sustain a serious injury in the 4-0 defeat in Tuesday night's Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Lukaku was carried off on a stretcher after colliding with team-mate Gareth Barry as they tried to prevent Steven Gerrard scoring Liverpool's first goal in the 21st minute of the 222nd derby.
"There is no ligament damage and the injury is not as bad as we first thought," Martinez confided.
"It will be a case of weeks rather than months."
Lukaku has scored nine goals in 20 appearances since joining on loan from Chelsea in the summer.
He joins the likes of Bryan Oviedo (broken leg), Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson (both knee) and Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin (both hamstring) on the Toffees' growing injury list.
Meanwhile, defender Distin has put pen to paper and signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at Goodison Park until the summer of 2015.