Everton have been left shellshocked by the news that £25m summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin could face up to three months on the sidelines with a thigh injury.
Gbamin, 23, who joined the Toffees from Mainz, featured in the club’s two opening league games.
However, he was missing from the team which lost 2-0 to Aston Villa on Friday after sustaining an injury in training.
Following the game at Villa Park, Toffees boss Marco Silva admitted that the midfielder faced a prolonged spell out.
“It’s more serious than we’d expected and will be some weeks,” he said.
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Gbamin will have further tests this week to determine the seriousness of the problem, although Everton are optimistic surgery will not be required and he could therefore return sooner than the worst-case scenario of 12 weeks.
Elsewhere, fellow summer signing Fabian Delph is in line to make his competitive debut for the club this week after being sidelined with a groin injury since his £10m move from Manchester City.