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Sylvain Distin has been ruled out of Everton’s Premier League match against Southampton this Saturday.

Distin was substituted at half-time in last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United with a hamstring complaint and has not recovered in time for the trip to St Mary’s.

Roberto Martinez revealed that he expects the full extent of the Frenchman’s injury to be determined in the coming days.

Distin’s absence is another blow for the Blues boss, who this week discovered that Kevin Mirallas will miss the final three fixtures of the campaign with a groin tear.

Speaking at his Thursday morning press conference, Martinez said: “Sylvain Distin had to come off against Manchester United on Sunday and he won’t be fit for this weekend.

“It’s a little bit too early to know how long he is going to be out. It’s a soft tissue injury with his hamstring and I do feel that in the next 48 hours we will have a clearer idea of whether he is going to be available before the season ends.

“Kevin Mirallas also came off and we thought at the time it was just a bit of cramping of the muscles, but he has got a little bit of a tear in his groin and the season is over for him. It will be between three and four weeks, so that’s Kevin out for the season.

“Apart from that, everyone who was available for the squad against Manchester United will be available for Southampton.”

Meanwhile, Martinez says it is unlikely Lacina Traore will be fit enough to play again for Everton this season.

The on-loan striker has been sidelined through injury since the game at Chelsea at the end of February.

Martinez added: I don't think we'll see Lacina again this season. It would be a surprise if he's fully fit before the Hull City game.

"He's recovering well and clearly he'll be fully fit for the World Cup if he's considered for selection. But at the moment I think any games in this league campaign are going to be a little too early for him."

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