By Ben Dinnery

25th Nov, 2021 | 1:25pm

Injury expert: 'Rafa is not happy' as Gray could be out for the year at Everton

Demarai Gray could be out for the rest of the year as injury problems at Everton continue to mount.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Gray was forced off with what appeared to be a groin problem in the 3-0 defeat to Man City on 21 November.

Manager Rafael Benitez was unable to provide any update on the 25-year-old later that day, telling the Toffees’ media team: “We will see how he is.”

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina, Abdoulaye Doucore and Tom Davies are also sidelined, while Richarlison and Mason Holgate are suspended.

And Dinnery claims that summer signing £1.7million summer signing Gray could now be out for up to six weeks.

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“It’s not good and he didn’t look very happy,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Rafa is not very happy either. The issue looks to be an abductor. Initial suggestions are this could keep him out for the year.

“However, injuries can evolve and the extent may not yet be clear. It comes down to the severity of the problem.

“If we are looking at a grade one, it could be one to three weeks. If it’s beyond that and a grade two, it could be anywhere between four to six weeks.

“Judging by his body language, he was not confident. If you want to read between the lines, that might mean he knows it’s not going to heal overnight.

“Everton’s problems are beginning to pile up. Richarlison is suspended and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still out.

“Gray is an explosive player with quick changes direction. Rafa is meticulous in his preparation and won’t take any chances in bringing him back.”

Gray has three goals and two assists in Blues colours since his move from Bayer Leverkusen in July.

His Everton side are currently 11th in the league table and without a win in six matches

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