By Danny Wright
Everton fans have taken to Twitter in anger at the news that Ramiro Funes Mori will probably miss the rest of the season.
The 26-year-old was stretchered off the pitch while on international duty for Argentina and has since been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his knee.
Funes Mori broke down in the 36th minute as Argentina’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup took a huge blow with a surprise defeat in Bolivia.
A statement on the official Everton website revealed the news on Wednesday.
“It has been confirmed that the defender suffered a torn meniscus in Argentina’s 2-0 defeat to Bolivia on Tuesday evening,” the club statement read.
“He will have a surgical opinion next week but the initial diagnosis suggests the 26-year-old is likely to be out of action for the rest of the campaign.”
Everton have had some torrid luck during the international break with James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman picking up injuries on duty with the Republic of Ireland.
Coleman is set for a lengthy spell of rebabilitation after he suffered a broken leg in his nation’s qualifier match against Wales.
Here is a selection of tweets from Everton supporters about the latest injury blow:
jagielka must now step up for everton. missing both coleman and funes mori might cost us the run in to chamoions league.#efc
— shem kogi (@shemkomi) March 30, 2017
All the reds made up with Funes Mori being injured have clearly never seen him trying to defend. Give me Jags and Williams any day. #EFC
— Ben Rigby (@BenRigbyEFC) March 30, 2017
Funes Mori out for the season now. Chance for Matthew Pennington to impress #efc
— Mike Allen (@Mallen1878) March 30, 2017
— Grab68 (@Grab68) March 30, 2017
So this International week we lose Coleman, McCarthy, Mori to injury. Add that to the injury list of Bolasie, Besic & Schneiderlin FFS #EFC
— Jelly (@jellythemosher) March 30, 2017
Hopefully, he terrifies me every time he's on the ball. Sell him to a Spanish or Italian side, & sign Keane & Maguire.
— David Norris (@DayNogs) March 30, 2017
time to scrap international football
— . (@OliT93) March 30, 2017
Funes Mori has made 26 appearances in all competitons for Everton this season and has emerged as one of Ronald Koeman’s top choices to play in the centre of the defence.
He was earning his 15th cap for Argentina on Tuesday night.