Tim Howard picks up knock in Everton loss

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Boxing Day was not kind to Everton, and even worse to their ‘keeper, Tim Howard.

The standout American netminder hobbled off the field at halftime during the Toffees’ 1-0 loss at Stoke, replaced by backup Joel Robles. 

Following the encounter, team boss Roberto Martinez revealed Howard pulled a calf muscle and would be evaluated this Saturday.

Howard, 35, is on a year-long hiatus with the U.S. Men’s National Team.  The decision was taken shortly after the World Cup, where Howard put the tournament on notice with a series of standout performances. He has started every single match for Everton, recording three shutouts in 18 games.  However, his World Cup form has not completely carried over into the Premiership campaign as the toothless Toffee offense has left Howard under fire.  The American mainstay has now allowed 28 goals in 18 league matches, giving the anemic Everton a -1 goal differential on the season.

As of now, Martinez says it is “unlikely” that Howard will make this weekend’s clash at Newcastle.  That does not bode well for the Toffees as they enter a busy calendar after this weekend.  They travel from Newcastle to face Hull on New Years Day, West Ham five days later in FA Cup action, and Manchester City on the 10th.