Allardyce confirms 'long-term' injury blow to Everton 27-year-old
Sam Allardyce has all but confirmed that Eliaquim Mangala will be out of action for the rest of the season, via Everton TV, as seen on Sky Sports.
The Toffees boss revealed that it was looking likely that the January transfer loanee from Manchester City would not feature again for the side this campaign, describing his injury as “long-term.”
There were fears that the 27-year-old Frenchman had suffered cruciate knee ligament damage but that wasn’t confirmed or denied by the manager.
Big Sam said of the injury: “Mangala particularly looks like it’s long-term which is a great shame for him and for us. He was a very good addition for us.”
The Frenchman made the switch to the Merseysider’s on transfer deadline day after failing to hold down a place under Pep Guardiola and was keen to get more opportunities to play first team football.
However, in light of this injury, the move already looks to have backfired.
The defender made two appearances for the Blues, against Arsenal and in the victory against Crystal Palace where he sustained damage to his knee.
During the interview on Everton TV, Big Sam also revealed that he hoped Seamus Colmeman would be back in action soon, along with Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines.
The 35-year-old centre-back hasn’t featured since the end of January and his absence has been made worse due to the poor form of Ashley Williams at the back.
Everton return to Premier League action this weekend against Watford with an opportunity to build on the Palace victory last time out.
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