Everton’s luck went from bad to worse as it was announced winger Andros Townsend would be out for the season.
The former England International had to be helped off the pitch in the Toffee’s FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace. Following the game, scans revealed he had damaged his anterior cruciate ligaments, bringing an end to his season.
Everton confirmed the 30-year-old would undergo surgery this week and then begin his rehabilitation.
Frank Lampard will know have to reassess his options on the wing as he prepares for his teams relegation run-in.
Everton currently sit 17th, two points above the bottom three, although they do have some game’s in hand on teams around them, such as Leeds, who are four points above them, and Watford, who sit two points below them.
Townsend’s injury piles more misery on Lampard and the Toffee’s, as the side are still without defender Yerry Mina, who is suffering from a quad injury he suffered against Newcastle United in a Premier League game.
Midfielder Tom Davies is also out, following surgery on his hamstring, and Brazilian Allan has two games left of his three-match-ban.
In good news for Everton, Demarai Gray has returned to full fitness and top-score Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in line for a league start, following the International break.