In the latest Everton news, Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks with the knee injury he sustained in the 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.
Sigurdsson, who made the switch to Goodison Park from Swansea City last summer for a reported £40million, was sent to see a specialist and, after an extensive consultation, the midfielder’s Premier League season could be ended early.
The 28-year-old is not expected to be back in training until the end of April at the earliest, leaving doubts over his fitness ahead of the 2018 World Cup, where he is set to be part of Iceland’s squad for Russia.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce has spoken about the Reykjavik-born star and the English tactician insists the medical team will be doing everything they can to get the summer arrival fit again.
“We’ll continue to assess Gylfi’s progress on a week-to-week basis and the medical team will work very closely with him, as they would with any injured player, to get him back playing as quickly as possible,” he was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
Sigurdsson has been in decent form for the Toffees this season, scoring four goals and registering four assists in the Premier League, and his absence will be sorely missed over the next two months.
Everton also have fitness doubts over England international Theo Walcott after he was forced off in that win over Brighton with a suspected calf injury.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has scored four goals and provided six assists this term, was brought on as a substitute and he is expected to be handed a regular starting run from now until the end of the season.
Allardyce’s men return to action on Saturday when they travel to relegation-threatened Stoke City, who are sitting 19th in the table and head into the clash on the back of a 2-0 loss to Manchester City.
The Toffees then have back-to-back home games against the Citizens, who are just three wins away from the Premier League title, and fierce rivals Liverpool.