By Dominic Toner
Muhamed Besic has been ruled out until February with a knee injury – and Everton fans have taken to Twitter to express their sadness.
The 23-year-old revealed on his Twitter account on Friday morning that he would be sidelined for the next six months and the timeframe for rehabilitation suggest that it is a potential cruciate ligament injury.
The Merseyside fans have inundated Twitter with get well messages for Besic and have voiced concern over who will replace him.
Here are a selection of the messages:
Gutted for Mo Besic, a good player for us and shows passion that others lack
— Fabric since ’73 (@ToffeeHardNose) August 5, 2016
Shame about Besic. Should’ve been a big year for him. Feeling now he won’t make it with us. He never gets a run of games due to injuries.
— Alex Sutch (@alexsutchCS) August 5, 2016
Gutted about @Mo_Besic knee injury. Really want him to make his mark on the team
— Christopher Morris (@ChrisgM85) August 5, 2016
Besic may not be world class, but he was the only senior CM who was capable of RK’s high pressing game.
— Greg Lambden (@Gre9oryPeck) August 5, 2016
Cannot believe the @Mo_Besic news. Absolutely gutted!
— J. (@thecraicbear) August 5, 2016
Gutted about Besic ….koeman needs to get someone to replace him now asap !!
— Blake Nicholls (@Nicholls69Blake) August 5, 2016
Besic not world beater that some think but he plays with passion and desire to complement his style of play..Something that more should do
— OviedoBaby (@jose_wonderboy1) August 5, 2016
— Gregg (@wainey83) August 5, 2016
— Scott Nelson (@ScottNel93) August 5, 2016
Such a shame with besic he has good skills hard worker and good drive looked good when i seen him play but so many injuries already not good
— Ste Tran (@deejaybudda) August 5, 2016
Besic, who was voted Everton’s player of the month in January, has become a firm favourite at Goodison Park because of his combative style since his £4million move from Hungarian club Ferencvaros in 2014.
But his promising Everton career has been ravaged by a succession of injuries. A hamstring injury sustained against Chelsea last September ruled him out for four months, then a recurrence sidelined him again until March.
Manager Ronald Koeman could have already recruited a ready-made replacement in Idrissa Gueye, who joined from Aston Villa earlier this week on a four-year contract.
Only former Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante completed more interceptions than Gueye last season and Koeman identified him as he builds his squad for the forthcoming Premier League season.
With Besic absent for the foreseeable future it will leave Gueye, James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Tom Cleverley to battle for a midfield starting position.
In other Everton team news, Wayne Rooney has named one of the club’s players as one of the last brilliant street footballers.