Sam Allardyce faces a huge injury headache after hearing that he is set to be without Mason Holgate and Idrissa Gueye.
Holgate, the England U21 has withdrawn from the youth international setup with an ankle injury and will now undergo surgery in a bid to resolve the problem.
Gueye meanwhile has been sent back to Merseyside from the Senegal squad after turning up to the international training setup with a muscle tear which could see him miss three weeks, according to the Liverpool Echo.
???? | Mason Holgate has been withdrawn from the @england Under-21 squad to undergo minor ankle surgery.
— Everton (@Everton) March 21, 2018
If the news is correct on Gueye, then that would see the 28-year-old miss Everton’s clashes against Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s not been a good couple of weeks for the Toffees in terms of injuries. Gylfi Sigurdsson is now likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury and January loanee Eliquim Mangala will also play no part in the league run-in. The surgery needed to repair Holgate’s ankle problem is indeterminable, whilst three weeks will mean there is a chance that Gueye will also not be seen again before the final game of the campaign. The Toffees have had little in the way of luck on the injury front and to face two of the Premier League’s best sides in Liverpool and Manchester City without a host of their key players will be a tough ask to get anything from the games.
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