Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, after getting injured in training during the build-up for the Aston Villa game.
BBC Sport have reported that the summer signing could be out for up to 12 weeks, with Everton hoping he will be available in two months.
The Toffees went on to concede their first goals of the campaign and suffered their first defeat of the season in the 2-0 loss at Villa Park.
Gbamin admitted that he struggled during the first game of the season to Everton’s official channels, having come on to replace the injured Andre Gomes just before half time against Crystal Palace.
However, he gave a much better account of himself in his second appearance for the Toffees, as shown in Transfer Tavern’s Unsung Hero series.
During that match against Watford, he made a total of 3 tackles, 1 interception and 3 clearances, as per WhoScored.
This improvement had indicated he was beginning to grow into his role of helping to replace Idrissa Gueye, who went to Paris Saint-Germain during the summer having averaged 4.3 tackles, 2.2 interceptions, and 1.3 clearances in the Premier League last season.
It is a blow for both Gbamin and Marco Silva that the 23-year-old is now set to be injured for an extended period.
This now means the manager will need to find another way of dealing with the defensive void created by Gueye’s departure, while this has halted the midfielder’s progress.
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