Everton confirm Belgian star's groin injury
The 26 year-old appeared to be in some discomfort as he made his way around the pitch at the final whistle of Sunday's win over Manchester United after being replaced in injury time by Aiden McGeady and initial reports from Belgium that his League season is over have now been confirmed.
Mirallas is expected to be out for a month but should make the World Cup Finals in Brazil.
The loss of the forward will be keenly felt by the Blues — Mirallas has scored nine times this season, including important strikes in the recent home wins over Arsenal and United, and has been a vital part of Roberto Martinez's side in many of the big games this season.
"Kevin being out for the rest of the season is a real disappointment because he was in a phenomenal moment of form," the Spaniard said today.
"Kevin is a quick healer. The most important aspect now is that we get him fully fit and ready to participate in the World Cup."
Mirallas, who spent a frustrating portion of his first season in the Premier League out with a recurring hamstring complaint but has been relatively injury-free this term, sent a message to supporters on Twitter via his international teammate, Romelu Lukaku, saying:
"Thank you for your support! I'm very sad because i can't help my teammates for the last 3 games. I hope the team will qualify for the champions league (sic) and I will have some treatment so i'm ready for the [World Cup]."
Everton are also waiting on Sylvain Distin's injury to settle down before being able to full diagnose the extent of the tweak to his hamstring. The Frenchman was withdrawn at half-time on Sunday after feeling a twinge in the muscle and Martinez revealed today that the results of those tests won't be known for another 48 hours or so.
Distin is almost certainly ruled out of the trip to Southampton but the manager insists that Phil Jagielka won't be rushed back to fill the void. The captain has been involved in first-team training and Martinez has targeted the Manchester City game at the start of next month for his return. That would mean Antolin Alcaraz partnering John Stones against Southampton on Saturday as he did in the second half against United at the weekend.
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294 Posted 22/04/2014 at 04:47:31
299 Posted 22/04/2014 at 05:00:49
300 Posted 22/04/2014 at 05:10:40
I would love to see him blow Man City apart.
25th Anniversary of Hillsboro and the title going to the penalty kings.
OFM out the door at Man Utd
You couldn't write this stuff.
302 Posted 22/04/2014 at 05:25:00
306 Posted 22/04/2014 at 05:53:14
Will the legs of Alcaraz stand up to two games in a row? Luckily he only had 45 minutes so maybe he'll be OK.
308 Posted 22/04/2014 at 07:04:07
311 Posted 22/04/2014 at 07:19:26
By the way, has anyone heard ANYTHING about Traore? I haven't heard any mention of him for nearly two months. Shouldn't he be returning around now?
324 Posted 22/04/2014 at 08:18:35
343 Posted 22/04/2014 at 09:00:15
What’s the news about Distin?
367 Posted 22/04/2014 at 09:26:19
He looks to have more desire in the bigger games so maybe he feeds off the crowd and if this is true then it’s bad news for The Blues.
384 Posted 22/04/2014 at 09:57:12
410 Posted 22/04/2014 at 10:46:59
A major loss if true and the same goes for Distin.
Was a bit concerned with McGeady an Delboy against Palace to be honest, they looked lightweight and never got us going attack wise, let's hope they can both start showing their class from now until the end of season.
422 Posted 22/04/2014 at 11:06:49
So much for him being fit by now, we haven't even had an update on him have we?
Old news but I have no idea whatsoever why he is still with us.
436 Posted 22/04/2014 at 11:48:59
His finish for our second was superb and did full credit to the brilliant build up play
Traore, Kone now possibly Kev ?
Then add Geri & Lukaku's injuries
Well I suppose all squads have injuries
For me, regards Kone & Traore.....we should move on close season
449 Posted 22/04/2014 at 12:29:11
452 Posted 22/04/2014 at 13:07:11
477 Posted 22/04/2014 at 13:48:00
533 Posted 22/04/2014 at 16:18:07
Maybe it is time to resurrect the feared left side attack.
544 Posted 22/04/2014 at 16:42:48
Look at our injuries :
That's at least seven first teamers (Traore maybe a squad player), last season would have meant - forget about winning anything - hope for a draw. Now, I still feel that we can do the business. We have enough firepower.
560 Posted 22/04/2014 at 17:16:15
He gets a lot more goals than say Pienaar but you still think he should get more. I think in the last 5 games or so he's more of a team player and often finds the right pass instead of going for glory himself always. He even seems to work back and tackle much better now which I can never see Delly doing. Sorry lads I just think the young lad has a LOT to learn yet.
What's the story with Traore's wage the last few months? Have we being paying that for him to score a flukey back heel flick?
I must go and watch the grim reaper video as I haven't seen it yet.
566 Posted 22/04/2014 at 17:20:12
585 Posted 22/04/2014 at 18:33:24
594 Posted 22/04/2014 at 18:38:30
Looks like Distan will also be on the sidelines. But if Caraz slots in like at Man U well he'll do ok for me.
600 Posted 22/04/2014 at 18:49:01
Mirallas is a bit greedy at times but I'm afraid most flair players are. What has impressed me most about him is his determination. Aside from maybe McCarthy and the full backs I reckon he puts more running in that the rest of his team mates.
As Nigel (544) says, this time last year an injury list like this would mean a crisis. Although I'm disappointed with this news...if anything it just excites me at how Martinez will adapt the team to cope. It might be the perfect opportunity to get George Green on the bench.
604 Posted 22/04/2014 at 19:01:38
606 Posted 22/04/2014 at 18:55:25
610 Posted 22/04/2014 at 19:06:40
617 Posted 22/04/2014 at 19:17:54
623 Posted 22/04/2014 at 19:32:06
626 Posted 22/04/2014 at 19:40:26
628 Posted 22/04/2014 at 19:47:17
635 Posted 22/04/2014 at 19:54:49
650 Posted 22/04/2014 at 20:44:10
655 Posted 22/04/2014 at 21:08:25
"What's the story with Traore?"
Wouldn't you like to know?
666 Posted 22/04/2014 at 21:33:55
668 Posted 22/04/2014 at 21:45:55
When you consider the good start to the season was hampered somewhat by the injuries to Kone, Alcaraz, Gibson, Oviedo and then Delboy they recovered their form pretty well and the disappointments can be counted on one hand. The games that may have cost them dearly are Palace twice, Sunderland at home and it goes without saying the two derby games one of which was in the bag until the last gasp.
All in all a really satisfying season with the high hopes of an even better one for 2014/15.
671 Posted 22/04/2014 at 21:42:43
713 Posted 22/04/2014 at 23:32:33
718 Posted 22/04/2014 at 23:43:32
756 Posted 23/04/2014 at 01:39:56
Nevertheless we have players that can now come in and really make a name for themselves!!
Mirallas is gifted but also extremely greedy which sometimes goes against Martinez philosophy of practically walking the ball into the net.
In my view I am more concerned about distin,a complete rock this season.
Win these 3 games and were in the champions league that's my view, as I have always thought Newcastle with their French contingent are getting a draw at least with Arsenal because they want to play there way into a London club.
810 Posted 23/04/2014 at 09:36:39
854 Posted 23/04/2014 at 11:48:13
Del Boy and Aiden can easily slot in, I actually reckon Aiden has shown a fair bit of good in his appearances but I'd start Del boy just because he'll be keen to prove something to Barce, even though I think he'll come back to us next season.
886 Posted 23/04/2014 at 13:28:21
I was dubious about the McGeady signing but against Palace he looked a bit sharper and a lot fitter
887 Posted 23/04/2014 at 13:31:55
He seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth. Any updates?
891 Posted 23/04/2014 at 13:37:55
Delboy and McGeady will fill in capably although neither has the scoring potential of Mirallas. Even with the injuries Everton have had to endure, the squad is much stronger in depth than it ever was under previous managers over the last 20 years.
Everton still have a great chance of 4th now that Chelski will rest players against the RS as when City come to town the race will be over.
902 Posted 23/04/2014 at 14:34:33
988 Posted 23/04/2014 at 19:22:25
I see it as no loss at all and we will be fine without him.
994 Posted 23/04/2014 at 19:25:40
He has weighed in with some crucial goals and assists this season (e.g. Fulham, away; Swansea home) and Martinez has been using him very effectively in recent weeks. In that sense, he has been getting better, particularly in the big games.
It's conceivable he would have been rested at Southampton but will be a big miss against City, in my opinion. He's a match-winner on his day.
997 Posted 23/04/2014 at 19:30:48
The last player with that was Fernandez. Del looks like he may have a bit of it, once he figures out what a final ball is.
I think there was a level of arrogance in Englsih players a few years back but it more came through their celebrity, and played out not on the pitch but in clubs. When they lost their European team mates for international matches, they all went into hiding.
012 Posted 23/04/2014 at 20:36:53
He loses the ball more than he retains it, his work rate is appalling and his attitude is that of a superstar.
It amazes me how players can get the support from fans they do not deserve, I cringe every time the fans chant his song, they did the same for Jelavic who had a good start but was woeful for the second season, all these unwarranted love ins and Osman for example does not get a look in, I would have him on my team sheet everytime against Mirralles and I also believe Mcgeady will in the future keep him out the team.
051 Posted 23/04/2014 at 22:17:08
Still, our injury list is getting pretty long. We have cover but we're getting seriously thin, especially at the back.
151 Posted 24/04/2014 at 10:03:04
202 Posted 24/04/2014 at 14:03:46
Bask in the arrogance of being a top club, don't be afraid of it or apologetic about it.
206 Posted 24/04/2014 at 14:27:29
Ronaldo is arrogant and he can be, Messi has that in him also, Kevin Mirallas needs to be humble and achieve.
I would cite Naismith, took a lot of grief from Everton fans but has contributed more than Mirallas this season and not a hint of it.
240 Posted 24/04/2014 at 16:22:08
Something that Sturridge lacked before this season was an unselfishness or the ability to know when a run is going nowhere. I think Mirallas, Barkley and Lukaku need to learn this too. Far too greedy.
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