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Toffees have call to make over Traore


ON-LOAN striker Lacina Traore's Everton future will be clarified in the next 48 hours as a decision will be made on whether the Ivory Coast international requires surgery.

Discussions have taken place with the 6ft 8in forward's parent club Monaco on the best course of action, but, if an operation is required on a hamstring injury, it will almost certainly end his short stay at Goodison Park.

The 23-year-old, who arrived on loan on January 24 with an existing hamstring injury, was withdrawn from the starting line-up at Chelsea on Saturday after reporting a problem with his other leg during the pre-match warm-up.

"It is important we are working together with Monaco and what we need to get right is the player gets the perfect treatment: when I say the perfect treatment, this is not a straightforward injury," said Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

"Lacina had a previous injury a few months back but he was fully fit and without fatigue – because obviously in the warm-up you don't incur any fatigue – (so) that injury is a bit of a worry.

"The injury can be solved by conservative treatment or it can involve surgery – that is a massive decision.

"Depending on what route we are going down is going to have certain consequences.

"It could mean Lacina could play for us again or if he can't – it's a bit too early.

"If it is going to be any longer than two or three months then the loan period is over."

Traore has featured in just one match, scoring and playing 61 minutes against Swansea in the FA Cup on February 16.

Everton have an agreement with Barcelona over their on-loan forward Gerard Deulofeu which states the more matches he plays the lower the loan fee will be, but Martinez said it was not possible to say at this stage what the financial situation was with Traore.