Everton’s 25 million pound summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin has been ruled out for up to 3 months.
The Ivory Coast international, joined the Goodison Park club this summer, in a 25 million pound deal from Mainz.
Gbamin has played in the first two opening games of the season for his new side. He was, however, mysteriously left out of the side that lost to Aston Villa this weekend.
It was first acknowledged by manager Marco Silva, that he had picked up an injury during training.
According to reports on BBC.co.uk, it now turns out that is a thigh injury and is much more serious than first expected.
When asked about Gbamin’s injury, Silva said:
“It is more significant than expected.”
When questioned about time frames and return dates, he added:
“It will be some weeks”.
It is hoped that if surgery can be avoided and successful rehabilitation that 12-week time slot frame may be reduced.
Everton is hoping that their other new boy Fabian Delph will be fit for the next game and fill the breach left by the Ivorian.
Delph arrived from Manchester City this summer too. The England international was an eight million pound transfer. He picked up a groin injury and has yet to make his competitive debut for the Toffees.
Both players were signed as replacements for Idrissa Gueye, who made the move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Marco silva’s side definitely lacked that defensive steel in the centre of the park on Friday. The extra muscle that Gbamin or Delph would bring will be needed in the coming weeks. If both remain unfit, it will be a cause for concern.
On the bright side, there is an international break coming up that will buy Everton and silva some breathing space.