Medical expert: Doucoure may have suffered 'severe' injury after official Everton statement
It is impossible to “categorically rule out” a “severe” injury for Abdoulaye Doucoure at Everton.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Doucoure was replaced after 25 minutes in the Toffees’ 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last Saturday (22 January).
Everton released a statement yesterday (23 January) that confirmed the 29-year-old midfielder had sustained a groin injury.
No return timeframe was put forward for Doucoure, who missed a block of games earlier in the season with a foot injury.
Dinnery explained that the Frenchman’s time on the sidelines will be dictated by the severity of his groin problem.
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“Like most muscular problems, severity is the key here,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“We’re hoping it’s something fairly minor, in which case we’re looking potentially at that FA Cup game in early February.
“If not, then there is a really big game against Newcastle three days later.
“So in the best case, the winter break has come at a really good time and he could be back after it.
“You can never categorically rule out something severe, I’d be surprised if it was something more sinister.
“If it was a worst-case, which I don’t think is likely, you’re looking at a maximum of a month with a grade two injury.
“But if we are going to put a time on it, I’d say early mid-February at this stage.”
Doucoure has registered two goals and four assists in 18 appearances this term.
His Everton side are under the temporary charge of Duncan Ferguson after Rafael Benitez was dismissed earlier this month.