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Chelsea will not abandon pursuit of England global despite fresh injury concern

18 Août 2017

However, the England worldwide has suffered a Grade Three hamstring tear in training.

But Barkley now looks set to miss further playing time after scans revealed a grade-three tear of his hamstring muscle which is likely to require surgery.

Everton's new record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson is an "upgrade" on mooted Tottenham target Ross Barkley, who should "knuckle down" and fight for a place in the starting line-up under Ronald Koeman, according to former Toffees midfielder Don Hutchison.

Tottenham believe Barkley could be the bargain of the summer, as Mauricio Pochettino feels he could improve the 23-year-old considerably.

Barkley's future at Goodison Park has been a source of constant speculation since last May when rumours first emerged that he would not be penning a new contract with his boyhood club.

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Tottenham and Chelsea have both been credited with interest in Barkley but are yet to make a formal approach or offer to the Goodison hierarchy.

Firstly, Barkley is an Everton youth product and, if signed, would increase Chelsea's home-grown quota for this season.

Spurs have still not signed any new players during the summer transfer window but they still managed to get off to a fine start to the new league campaign with a 2-0 victory away at Newcastle United.

Reports in the British press on Wednesday morning suggested that Barkley is facing a further six weeks on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, though Koeman is unsure of the severity of the problem at this stage.

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Chelsea will not abandon pursuit of England global despite fresh injury concern