Ross Barkley has been awaiting the combination of a sufficiently big enough bid from Spurs (or Chelsea) and Everton’s acquisition of Gylfi Sigurdsson to be able to kiss his current digs goodbye, but it looks like the only thing he’ll be saying goodbye to is his big-money move south this summer.
As first reported by the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old midfielder has suffered a torn hamstring yesterday, and while the full extent has not been confirmed by scans just yet, he’s expected to miss at least six weeks. He’s not expected to play again until October, at best — though he’s already missed almost all of pre-season recovering from hernia surgery. For teams like Spurs and Chelsea, who are looking for immediate help in the midfield department, that just won’t do.
Barkley has one year left on his contract, and there’s a decent chance Everton were willing to spend £45m on Sigurdsson precisely because they were expecting to collect just as much for Barkley. Whether the injury affects both of those deals, or just Barkley remains to be seen. While there’s technically nothing stopping either Spurs or Chelsea from still making a move, this injury should be significant enough to put a stop to any such notion.