By Matt Farr
Everton youngster Anton Donkor faces an uncertain future at the club after being dealt a major potential injury setback.
The 19-year-old moved to Goodison Park on loan from Wolfsburg last month, and has been performing well for the reserve side under David Unsworth.
However, the Everton coach fears that Donkor may play no further part in their season after being forced off with injury against Norwich in last week’s Premier League Cup encounter.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Unsworth confirmed that the winger had returned to Germany to undergo a scan and some tests on his ankle, but admitted that it remains to be seen how long he could be out for.
The club are expected to receive the test results later this week, and Unsworth is eagerly awaiting the update from the medical chiefs before making any decision on his future.
He did however, admit that the injury would not have a negative effect on his chances of securing a permanent deal at the Merseyside club.
He said: “I need to get the results of the scan and decide what we are going to do.
“He is going to be out for a short while, whether or not that keeps him out for the season or not, I’m not quite sure but I hope to find out in the next couple of days.
“We’ll come together in the next couple of days and decide what we’re going to do, I’m not sure if it requires an operation or not.
“If it is the end of the season it is disappointing but he’s shown great qualities in a few games and in training so it’s [a permanent deal] not dead in the water yet.”
The injury forced Donkor to be sidelined for Everton’s recent win over Southampton, a victory which saw them extend their lead at the top of the reserve league.
Donkor was acquired by the Merseyside club last month with the hope of him developing into a future first-team player, much like current young stars Tom Davies and Mason Holgate, who have both had a defining impact in Ronald Koeman’s senior side this term.