By Aramide Oladipo
Argentinian defender Ramiro Funes Mori has revealed that he should be able to return to first-team action at the start of next season.
The 26-year-old suffered a serious knee injury when playing for his national team in the World Cup qualifier over Bolivia in Argentina as the hosts won 2-0 in March.
The defender’s last appearance for the Merseyside club came in the 4-0 win over relegation threatened Hull City when he replaced youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewis in the second half.
Speaking with the club’s official website, Funes Mori opened up about his frustrations at not being able to play but he is positive that he can return for the beginning of the 2017/18 season.
“I was a little frustrated [because] of the injury, so it was good to be back home to clear my head,” he said.
“Now I feel good to be back here doing my recovery.”
He concluded: “It’s light training at the moment, balancing exercises with my knee and work with the weights. The physios are doing a great job to get me back as soon as possible. After the off-season, I’ll be good.”
Funes Mori was signed by Roberto Martinez at the start of the 2015/16 season from Argentinian side River Plate but he failed to provide stability at the back as Everton were poor defensively and finished in 11th place.
Under the guidance of new manager Ronald Koeman, Funes Mori has enjoyed a better season with the Toffees as he has made 23 Premier League appearances, securing seven clean sheets and even providing one assist.
Funes Mori has also improved on his disciplinary record as he didn’t receive a single card throughout this league season.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are looking into signing an international star.