Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are raising their ales in honour of Ramiro Funes Mori, hoping the defender makes a full recovery from his latest injury nightmare.
The Argentina international suffered a torn meniscus during his country’s shock 2-0 defeat to Bolivia on Tuesday and the Toffees have now confirmed via their official website that he’s likely to be out of action until the end of the season.
That has left Toffees drinkers in the Tavern mightily concerned, because Ronald Koeman will likely now be relying on Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams’ services at the heart of defence for the remainder of the campaign – one which could well end in Champions League qualification if Everton can overcome the six-point gap between themselves and Liverpool in fourth.
However, the statistics suggest the Jagielka-Williams partnership could make that uphill battle all the more difficult. They started off as Koeman’s preferred pairing at the beginning of the season, but Everton’s win-rate drops by 7% when they’re both in the starting line-up together compared to when they’re not – according to Soccerbase.
Their first major challenge in Funes Mori’s absence will come this weekend, when Everton travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool – the Premier League’s top scorers – in a hotly anticipated Merseyside derby.
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