The Belgian striker limped out of Everton's 3-1 win over the north-easterners at Goodison Park following a poor challenge from behind by Marten de Roon but the word from Het Laatste Nieuws' London-based football correspondent, Kristof Terreur is that he should be fit for Saturday's trip to Bournemouth.
That means he will miss the EFL Cup tie with Norwich City which will present a chance for Enner Valencia to impress against the Championship side.
Ronald Koeman confirmed that the Belgian will miss training with a toe injury and that Valencia will start against the Canaries.
“Romelu is not available," the Dutchman said. "He will have a rest about his toe for two days and then he can resume normal training and be available for the weekend.
"Enner Valencia will start."
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1 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:02:57
2 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:14:13
3 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:29:41
We lack firepower when he's unavailable. I think the key to our success is keeping him fit.
4 Posted 19/09/2016 at 10:06:21
5 Posted 19/09/2016 at 11:53:22
While it might sound like a contradiction to say continued momentum but resting players, the overall approach that has been asked of the squad by Koeman is attitude, effort and commitment. Players not getting a regular start in the league may get a chance to impress against Norwich. They will make damn sure they work harder than the regular starters.
6 Posted 19/09/2016 at 13:45:34
Will be interesting to see if Kone or Valencia get the nod or Niasse (can't see it myself, but he does have a shirt and surely with his reputation in tatters, he should be working his arse off in training).
7 Posted 19/09/2016 at 16:00:08
I definitely would hate to see Kone starting. I wish we'd got rid of him in the summer but who would want him? Valencia may feel he has something to prove and this is an ideal opportunity for him to show he can be a reliable backup to Rom.
8 Posted 19/09/2016 at 16:29:34
9 Posted 19/09/2016 at 16:47:54
My friend, a West Ham fan, says Valencia was atrocious and they couldn't believe Koeman took him. Not because of a lack of scoring but a general lack of talent as a professional footballer.
I will get behind anyone in a blue shirt, be it Kone, Niasse or Valencia, but let's not get carried away with expectations for this chap.
10 Posted 19/09/2016 at 17:01:04
11 Posted 19/09/2016 at 17:14:11
Oh, hang on...
12 Posted 19/09/2016 at 17:41:27
13 Posted 19/09/2016 at 18:12:39
Koeman and Walsh will see things in a player that the average fan probably won't. They may have noted that the West Ham style of play and tactics weren't suited to Valencia. He certainly wasn't their first choice but hopefully they can get the best out of him.
14 Posted 19/09/2016 at 18:22:07
Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Oviedo
Mirallas, Cleverley Bolasie
15 Posted 19/09/2016 at 18:30:31
Not sure if he was suggesting Rom had a regular problem with the aforementioned digit, or that the normal recuperation for a toe injury is two days!
16 Posted 19/09/2016 at 19:42:41