, who went off at halftime of Everton's Boxing Day match against Stoke City, will be absent for up to six weeks with a calf injury picked up while
kicking a ball in the match against the Potters. Howard has never played less than 36 of 38 games in his eight seasons with Everton, and his loss is a huge one for the slumping Toffees, who have
lost three games in a row.
''He's picked up a calf injury in his left calf and that's something that as a goalkeeper is really unusual,'' Everton manager Roberto Martinez
said Tuesday. ''It happened just kicking the ball against Stoke.''
Howard missed the 3-2 loss at Newcastle United on Sunday and Everton remains on the road
Thursday for a game at Hull City.
''Tim is going to be a huge miss, not just on the pitch but being around the place," added Martinez, "having the calmness that he gives to the younger
players and the know-how that he brings to the dressing room."
Spaniard Joel Robles
, 24, started only his second EPL game for Everton in the
loss to Newcastle that dropped it to 12th place.