Injury expert issues Everton warning as Digne struck by 'big problem'
Everton should be worried after Lucas Digne picked up another hamstring injury on international duty.
That is according to medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
On 8 October, Everton announced Digne, 28, had withdrawn from the France squad with a “minor hamstring injury”.
The defender also suffered with a similar injury in the summer.
Dinnery has predicted Digne will miss around three weeks of action but warned the player could be blighted by a reoccurrence of his knock.
“It was an early call,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.
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“I understand the problem is he reported some discomfort in his hamstring on Wednesday.
“He wasn’t involved in the first game then he returned to Finch Farm. There was no chance he could make the game.
“That’s a big worry. What we do know is Digne was already coming back from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Euros.
“That injury lasted a month, so given the fact we have a quick turnaround for the next game, it’s difficult to see him involved at the weekend.
“The average time out for a hamstring injury is 17 or 18 days. The big problem is they do have a high reoccurrence rate.
“Some research suggests in that period there is a 25% chance of the player suffering another injury.
“That can then extend the period on the sidelines by another week or so and then you are looking at a month out.
“Benitez will need to manage him after that problem in the summer and it’s difficult to see him involved at this point.”