USA goalkeeper Tim Howard will be out five to six weeks after suffering a calf injury during Everton’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at home to Stoke City last Friday, Toffees coach Roberto Martinez confirmed on Tuesday. Former Atletico Madrid and Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles will step in as Howard’s replacement.
In an interview, Martinez said the injury could force him to look for extra cover during the transfer window, which opens on Thursday. "That's an area in which we're a little bit weak at the moment, and we need to get stronger,” the Spaniard said. "It's something we need to assess. We've just found out about Tim. We weren't sure how long he was going to be out for, but we have to make a decision, because we only have Russell Griffiths and Jindrich Stanek as the two young goalkeepers who have been working with the first team. So we need to assess that over the next few days."
He added: "Tim is going to be a huge miss -- not just on the pitch, but being around the place and the effect of calmness that he gives to the younger players, and that know-how he brings to the dressing room. I would love to try to find a positive about him being injured, but I'm struggling."