Everton suffer double injury blow to Ross Barkley and Ramiro Funes Mori

• Tottenham target Barkley to miss four weeks following groin surgery
• Defender Funes Mori out for ‘six to nine months’ with knee injury

Ross Barkley will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery on a groin problem that has curtailed his pre-season with Everton. His team-mate Ramiro Funes Mori, meanwhile, could miss the bulk of the new campaign owing to complications in his recovery from a knee operation.

Barkley has missed Everton’s trips to Tanzania and the Netherlands and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks. The midfielder will miss the club’s Europa League third-round qualifier plus the Premier League opener against Stoke City, though whether he would have featured in Ronald Koeman’s plans is doubtful given the stand-off over his new contract.

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