Roberto Martinez is hoping his brilliant young star Ross Barkley can be back in action before the end of October.

The Everton boss still doesn't know the extent of the young midfielder's injuries after a training ground accident that left him with torn knee ligaments.

That type of injury can easily keep a player out for upwards of five months, but his positive manager is convinced the diagnosis will be much better for the 20- year-old, who he reckons has the healing power to be back much sooner.

“Ross is physically such a strong boy he’s recovered lot quicker in the first few days that we expected, but obviously knee still swollen,” the Blues boss explained.

“It's still a bit early to say how long, but five months? It could easily be seven or eight weeks. It’s an injury that can take various time depending on the person and I am sure Ross will be quicker. He has the right attitude and he is very strong, so we are confident.”

Everton entertain Arsenal on Saturday in a game the manager expects to show him just how well equipped his side are to challenge for the top four this season. And even if he doesn't yet know if a Champions' League chase is possible for Everton, Martinez knows the title race will be incredibly tight.

“I think it will be the tightest league we have ever seen...it will be a lot more open and a lot closer than people think,” he explained.