Noel Whelan claimed that Everton attacker Bernard suffering a knee injury against Brighton is a massive blow to the Toffees.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Leeds United and Coventry City attacker claimed that the injury has come to Bernard at the worst time as he was just starting to find some form.

The Toffees officially announced that Bernard had sustained a grade 2 medial ligament injury in the 3-2 loss to Brighton and that the club’s medical staff will be consulting a knee specialist to ensure he has the fastest return possible.

Whelan revealed that he thought Bernard was a game-changing player capable of providing a little bit of magic and the Toffees needed those sort of players available if they were going to win games.

When asked about Everton’s officially announcing Bernard’s injury, Whelan told Football Insider: “He has been coming into form, we questioned about two weeks ago about him needing to chip in with more assists and goals and he’s been doing that.

“Y’know now it’s a huge blow as he is one player who can change a game, provide a little bit of brilliance, a bit of magic and when you’re just finding your feet, you’re getting that form and confidence back, to get an injury now when they need those sort of players to win games…it’s a massive blow for Everton.”

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Bernard featured nine times across all competitions for Marco Silva’s side ahead of getting injured and contributed two goals to the cause.

The 27-year-old Brazilian winger is third in the club’s scoring charts and has scored from every shot he has attempted this season.

Bernard has been at Goodison Park since joining from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in August 2018 and is contracted to say with the Toffees until 2022.

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