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Traore To Remain At Everton

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he hopes to have Lacina Traore back for a potentially crucial end of season run-in after confirming the striker does not require surgery on his injured hamstring.

The Ivorian pulled up during the warm-up for Everton's game at Chelsea last month and fears existed that his loan spell could be cut short.

However, Martinez has now declared Traore will remain at Goodison Park and the Spaniard is optimistic the January arrival will be ready to feature again in six to eight weeks.

"With Lacina, we've seen the specialists and we're now ready to proceed with what's going to be the best treatment for Lacina, and it's not going to be surgery, which is fantastic news," Martinez told evertontv.

"It's fantastic news that he doesn't need to go down that route, as that means he's going to be available for the end of the season.

"We're expecting between six and eight weeks to be the period he needs to be recovering, but we're all very positive."

Traore's only Everton appearance so far saw him notch the opener in a 3-1 win over Swansea City in his first game back from a previous hamstring problem.

And Martinez believes the frustration the 23-year-old feels at his start to life at Goodison Park will serve as fuel on his eventual return.

He added:  "As you can imagine, he was devastated after the moment in which it happened. Those emotions are now there, ready to come out on the pitch and help him help the team and show everyone what a phenomenal footballer he is."

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