The Everton nightmare of Jean-Philippe Gbamin has continued after the midfielder suffered a severe Achilles injury in training.
The club expects an “extensive rehabilitation period” from the Ivory Coast international to be required, and Gbamin will undergo surgery next week.
A club statement added: “The injury, sustained in a non-contact situation at USM Finch Farm, is unrelated to the quadriceps problem Gbamin had been working his way back from since August last year.”
“Everyone at the club is devastated for JP and we will ensure he gets all the support he needs throughout this challenging time.”
After his move of £25million from the German side Mainz, in August 2019 the 24-year-old managed only two matches for Everton, before being sidelined by the quad problem, which in February required surgery.
He can expect a further six months out of action if the former Lens player has broken his Achilles tendon.