Gareth Barry has spoken of his frustration at being unable to play in Everton’s crunch final home match of the season against Manchester City.
Premier League rules prevent on-loan players from featuring against their parent clubs.
Since joining on a season-long deal on deadline day of the summer transfer window, Barry has featured in all but two of Everton’s top-flight fixtures – one of which was the corresponding game at the Etihad Stadium in October.
The Blues have still not given up hope of qualifying for the Champions League and Barry is ruing the fact that he has to watch such a key clash from the Goodison Park stands.
“It’s a fixture I looked at earlier on in the season because the last home game of the season is always a special one,” Barry told evertonfc.com.
“You want to be out there in front of your home fans for the last time that season, especially when there is something at stake as well."
Blues boss Roberto Martinez admits it is a blow not having Barry available for selection – but stressed the midfielder’s work for the campaign is not yet over.
Martinez said: “Gareth has been phenomenal and you run out of adjectives to describe his role this season. The enjoyment that he has brought into the squad with his know-how and experience has been terrific.
“You don’t want to miss those sort of players but we knew that his contribution at Goodison this season was over after the Manchester United game.
“It was a great way for him to close his ‘home’ season, but now he is going to get ready for the final game of the season at Hull, where he will have a massive, massive influence.”