Everton head to Netherlands without Ross Barkley for pre-season trip

• Barkley has not recovered from a groin injury
• Everton sign defender Cuco Martina on a free transfer

Ross Barkley will miss Everton’s second overseas trip of pre-season having failed to recover from a groin problem in time for the squad’s departure for the Netherlands.

The Everton midfielder, who could leave Goodison Park after failing to sign a contract extension, was again the notable absentee when Ronald Koeman’s 25-man squad flew to Enschede on Monday. The 23-year-old has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and several other Premier League clubs having entered the final 12 months of his contract, although Everton insist the player’s absence is because of a groin injury that has required treatment and forced him to miss the visit to Tanzania last week.

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