By Danny Wright

27th Dec, 2017 | 2:49pm

Confirmed: Everton summer signing ruled out for rest of season after major injury blow

Everton’s summer signing Henry Onyekuru has been ruled out of action for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury.

Onyekuru, 20, is currently on loan at Belgian giants Anderlecht and was forced off the pitch earlier this month in his side’s win against KAS Eupen.

HLN reporter Kristof Terreur claimed on his personal Twitter account on Saturday that Onyekuru overstretched his knee while playing against his former side in the Belgian Jupiler League and as a result had to be stretchered off the field.

And now it has been confirmed by Anderlecht manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck that the Nigeria international will miss the rest of the season.

“He is possibly out for six months,” he said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

Onyekuru was signed by Everton in the summer from KAS Eupen after a great deal of interest in him from clubs across Europe.

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He was instantly sent out on loan to Anderlecht though as he was unable to qualify for a work permit to play in the Premier League.

After a slow start in Brussels, the Nigerian began to shine once again and has scored 10 goals in 28 appearances across all competitions.

However with him not out for six months, there is a chance that he could miss the World Cup in Russia next summer, therefore meaning it may be harder for him to earn a work permit to play for the Toffees next campaign.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are joint favourites to sign this Premier League powerhouse striker in January.

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