By Dominic Toner

Muhamed Besic has been ruled out until February with a knee injury – and Everton fans have taken to Twitter to express their sadness.

The 23-year-old revealed on his Twitter account on Friday morning that he would be sidelined for the next six months and the timeframe for rehabilitation suggest that it is a potential cruciate ligament injury.

The Merseyside fans have inundated Twitter with get well messages for Besic and have voiced concern over who will replace him.

Here are a selection of the messages:

Besic, who was voted Everton’s player of the month in January, has become a firm favourite at Goodison Park because of his combative style since his £4million move from Hungarian club Ferencvaros in 2014.

But his promising Everton career has been ravaged by a succession of injuries. A hamstring injury sustained against Chelsea last September ruled him out for four months, then a recurrence sidelined him again until March.

Manager Ronald Koeman could have already recruited a ready-made replacement in Idrissa Gueye, who joined from Aston Villa earlier this week on a four-year contract.

Only former Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante completed more interceptions than Gueye last season and Koeman identified him as he builds his squad for the forthcoming Premier League season.

With Besic absent for the foreseeable future it will leave Gueye, James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Tom Cleverley to battle for a midfield starting position.

In other Everton team news, Wayne Rooney has named one of the club’s players as one of the last brilliant street footballers.