Everton are currently just one point off the relegation zone in the Premier League following a troubling start to the season and now a new update has emerged that will only further add to Frank Lampard’s concerns.
What’s the latest?
Premier League injury expert Ben Dinnery has expressed concerns about the nature of Everton midfielder Tom Davies’ knee injury.
Dinnery told GIVEMESPORT:
“It’s one to watch.”
“The decision was made fairly quickly [for Davies to return to the UK], so, we know that it certainly isn’t minor.
“You just hope it isn’t on the other end of that scale in terms of maybe an ACL.”
It’s another gutting blow
It was revealed yesterday that fellow midfielder James Garner will also endure a spell on the sidelines after suffering a back injury that will leave him unavailable for selection for at least two months, so the concern surrounding Davies’ injury is another gutting blow for Everton.
When you look at the position the Toffees have found themselves in over their top-flight campaign so far there is no doubt that Lampard will be feeling extremely frustrated whilst preparing his team to come back stronger in the second half of the season.
Everton are 17th in the league table and if their performances don’t improve rapidly they could find themselves in another relegation scrap after only retaining their Premier League status in their penultimate fixture of last season.
Davies has not been a regular feature in the starting lineup at Goodison Park but has made six appearances this season averaging 43 minutes per performance.
Despite not being a key player, when called upon the 24-year-old midfielder has won the majority of his duels (52%), as well as averaging 1.1 tackles, 11.9 accurate passes and 0.9 clearances per game, proving that although he may not be the most relied upon midfielder he offers positive attributes to the team.
The Everton boss will now need to hope that Abdoulaye Doucoure can provide the depth needed in the centre of the pitch, as well as relying on both Idrissa Gana Gueye and Amadou Onana to remain fit and ready to return to action following their contributions for their countries during the World Cup in Qatar.
With that being said, it remains to be seen just how long it will take for Davies to recover from his knee injury in the coming weeks and months ahead but alongside Garner’s recovery, his absence will certainly weaken the team when they return to action after Christmas.