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Everton keeper Howard out for up to six weeks - Martinez

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will be sidelined for up to six weeks through injury, Roberto Martinez has confirmed.

The 35-year-old tore a calf muscle during Everton's 1-0 defeat at home to Stoke City on Boxing Day, with Joel Robles deputising in goal for the American in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Newcastle United.

Martinez, though, has admitted that Howard's injury could force the club into the transfer market as they look to strengthen their options between the posts.

"Tim Howard will be out between five and six weeks with a calf injury," the Everton boss told reporters. "I thought Joel was very calm against Stoke and did well against Newcastle. But we will assess whether we need cover."

Everton's defence has also been disrupted by Phil Jagielka's ankle injury, which also saw the 32-year-old miss the defeat at St James' Park, with Martinez also revealing the England man is being assessed daily.

The Toffees head into their trip to Hull City on New Year's Day following three straight defeats which has left Roberto Martinez's side in 12th place and 12 points behind fourth-placed Southampton.