Everton coach confirms midfielder has suffered metatarsal injury after Monday operation
By Harvey Byrne
Everton Under-23s manager David Unsworth has confirmed that young midfielder Liam Walsh has suffered a metatarsal injury after undergoing an operation on Monday.
The 19-year-old central midfielder is highly rated in the Toffees’ academy, playing 19 times in this season’s Premier League 2 winning campaign, which has seen him return five goals and three assists.
He was also set to be named as part of Paul Simpson’s England Under-20’s squad headed to South Korea this summer for the Under-20’s World Cup.
However, he has now been ruled out and Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo that he’s injured his fifth metatarsal.
“He’s done his fifth metatarsal, which is a real shame,” said Unsworth to the Liverpool Echo after Liverpool’s Under-23s defeat their Everton counterparts 2-1 at Goodison Park on Monday evening.
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“He had an operation today to tighten that up which is a real shame because he was in the squad for the World Cup.
“We’re all a bit gutted about that but he will be fine for pre-season. It’s a clean fracture of his little toe, these things happen.”
Everton have a number of young players breaking through to the first team at the moment and Walsh is largely being considered within the next batch to make the step up.
However, the club’s coaching staff will now put their focus on allowing him to recover with the hope that this injury doesn’t affect him too much.
The Under-23s won the Premier League 2 this season with 15 wins, three draws and just four losses from their 22 matches which has resulted in the youngsters picking up 48 points.
They finished three points above their Manchester City counterparts in second, while five points separated them from the Liverpool youth team and Everton fans will now have high hopes for the future generation.
In other Everton news, this 19-year-old interesting the Toffees is expected to sign a £25,000-a-week deal.