Skip to content

Everton boss Roberto Martinez rules out signings after Tyias Browning injury

Phil Jagielka suffered medial ligament damage against Arsenal in October
Image: Phil Jagielka suffered medial ligament damage against Arsenal in October but is due to return in the next few weeks

Roberto Martinez says the imminent return of captain Phil Jagielka means Everton do not have to bring in cover for Tyias Browning in January after the young defender was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Browning, who has made six first-team appearances this campaign as cover for Seamus Coleman at right-back, underwent surgery on a knee injury earlier this month and Martinez revealed the 21-year-old will be out until the summer.

However, with Jagielka, who has been sidelined since the end of October, due to make his comeback in the next couple of weeks and Bryan Oviedo edging closer to fitness, the manager feels his side can cope even though they only have two other senior centre-backs in John Stones and Ramiro Funes Mori.

Tyias Browning of Everton and Andre Wisdom during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Everton and Norwich
Image: Everton's Tyias Browning has been ruled out for the rest of the season

"We always look at how the squad is in every window but if you are going to have three injuries in your goalkeeping positions you are not going to keep four goalkeepers just in case," Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.

"I think we need to be realistic. Our squad is big enough, our squad is strong and we have a great balance of experience and talent.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Roberto Martinez Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and
Image: Everton manager Roberto Martinez has ruled out buying a new defender in January

"We are going to have Tyias Browning out for the season but we are going to get Phil Jagielka back very, very soon and we have got Bryan Oviedo to come back as well so the players are at the football club.

Also See:

"On the plus side is that we have performed really well having five first-team defenders out of the line-up. It is a real sign of the development of the young players here and I wouldn't bring players here just for the sake of it."