There are concerns that Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson could not only be out for the rest of the season but that his World Cup hopes are in tatters too after suspected knee ligament damage.
The 28-year-old required treatment during Saturday’s 2-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League game but he ended up playing the full 90 minutes and now requires a scan to see the full extent of the damage, according to the Liverpool Echo.
And the Icelandic was having a stormer against the Seagulls, pulling the strings and at the centre of everything that was good about the victory.
News of the player’s potential lay-off has been met with a mixture of concern and questions as to why he was even allowed to continue, given the management’s knowledge of the issue.
The Toffees have very little to play for in the remainder of the current campaign, given they are all but mathematically secure of their place in the top-flight for next season, making the decision to play on even more bewildering.
With a scan set for Monday, it’s now a waiting game to see what the results are.
But if the worst comes to the worst, this could be a decision from Sam Allardyce which is the final nail in the coffin as relations between the boss and the Goodison Park faithful are already at an all-time low.
Here is a selection of Twitter messages from supporters reacting to the player’s injury:
More great management u Muppets show???? hope it aint serious ffs
— ConorLenehan (@huwants2no) March 12, 2018
Why did he carry on after getting injured!!! Probably made it worse
— James Brown (@mrbrown_efc1878) March 12, 2018
Why let him continue to play ? If your car was broke you wouldn't keep driving it. Especially if it cost 45 million. Saying that if the option on Saturday is schneiderlin then I'd prefer a 1 legged gylfi
— Dan McNulty (@DanMcNulty21) March 12, 2018
Just waiting this he’d clearly done damage but left to carry on. ????
— carl mcloughlin (@McloughlinCarl) March 12, 2018
@jay11efc why didn’t they just take him off when he done it Saturday, instead leave him on to play a full 90mins
— Paul Catterall (@BigPcat) March 12, 2018
He was playing well wasn’t he but yes prob should have took him off as a precaution
— James Murphy (@jay11efc) March 12, 2018
Why was he allowed to play on??
— steve harding (@stevietoffee) March 12, 2018
In other Everton new, Stan Collymore: This 46-year-old would be a perfect fit for the Toffees.