By Harvey Byrne

Everton Under-23s boss David Unsworth has stated that young midfielder Joe Williams could be out for a few months following an injury picked up against Wigan.

The 19-year-old started in Unsworth’s team in a behind-closed-doors run-out against the Lancashire side.

However he has only just returned from a ligament injury suffered in the last campaign and Unsworth revealed that the player has now suffered a different injury.

“Unfortunately Joe picked up a knock against Wigan a couple of weeks ago,” explained Unsworth to the official club website.

“He had started his comeback and was looking great. But unfortunately in that Wigan game he has taken a knock and it is a different injury.

“It looks like he is going to be out for a few months now. He is not having much luck at the moment but he will work hard in the gym and he will be back before we know it.”

Williams is described as a tough-tackling midfielder in the Everton youth ranks.

He has been at the Blues’ Academy since the age of seven, becoming a first-year scholar in June 2013 and played a key role in the 2014 Everton Under-18 side which won their respective Premier League.

Williams has also been named on the bench for Everton’s first-team game against FC Krasnodar in December 2014 with the Toffees having a history of producing young stars.

The Merseyside club have brought through Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley, Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman among others in their history.

In other Everton news, Romelu Lukaku has delivered a stunning five-word verdict on the club’s midfielder.