Paul Robinson has claimed that losing Theo Walcott to injury will be a shattering blow for Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international suggested that the timing of the 30-year-old’s potential absence is unfortunate given his recent upturn in form.
The wide man limped off with a suspected ankle injury during the first half of the Toffees’ 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime after having set up Bernard’s opening goal.
No indication of how serious the complaint is has yet been given, but Robinson believes that his manager will be disappointed if he does face a spell on the sidelines.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He’s got amongst the goals recently.
“He has been playing a lot better under Ancelotti, but yesterday he came off in the first half of the game so it’s obviously going to be a blow for him and for the manager as well because of the system that he plays.
“He fits in nicely on that right hand side.”
Walcott scored his first game of the Premier League season in the dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Watford last weekend – his first strike for the Toffees since May last year – while his assist against the Eagles was his second of the campaign.
Despite those relatively underwhelming numbers, the England international has established himself as a mainstay under Ancelotti, appearing in every one of his eight Premier League matches at the helm so far, and starting the last three.
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