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Martinez: Deulofeu Likely to Miss Opener

Roberto Martinez informed the media that the winger will likely not be fit for the season opener on Saturday.

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He's magic, ya' know? He's also injured. This morning Everton manager Roberto Martinez stated that newly-signed winger, Gerard Deulofeu will likely miss this weekend's season opener. Deulofeu who recently joined the Toffees from Barcelona after a successful 2013-2014 loan spell at Goodison has fallen victim to the hamstring injury epidemic.

The injury occurred during the loss to Arsenal in the final of the Barclay's Asia Trophy. Regarding the player, the manager said:

"Geri is very good. He's been very lively and was in the dressing room and very happy today...He's already working at 60% so I don't expect him to be too far away. Maybe the weekend will be too early for him but he won't be too far away from coming back."

If he's at 60% now after missing this past weekend's matches, hopefully he'll be able to return to the squad soon. In the few preseason matches that he did take part in, Deulofeu did display the quality that Martinez had hoped when he signed him in early July.

Deulofeu isn't the only Everton winger dealing with injuries. Kevin Mirallas twisted his ankle in yesterday's 2-1 loss to Villarreal as part of Duncan Ferguson's testimonial. He will be evaluated further this week.

The rash of preseason injuries could once again expose the Toffees lack of depth in several key areas. The transfer window is open for a little less than a month and Martinez has confirmed that he still expects to bring in more players. If Everton expects to start strong this year, he may want to get on that.

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