Everton have announced that English defender John Stones could be out for up to four months with an ankle injury. Stones picked up an ankle injury in the Toffees 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.
The ankle will require a surgery and coach Roberto Matinez has confirmed it could take up to 10 – 14 weeks before Stones returns to action.
“We expect him to be out for probably the next 10 to 14 weeks depending on how everything goes.” He said
” It’s a clear injury – not a complicated injury. Obviously, it’s a little bit of a setback because you don’t want to lose any players, but in John’s case we were very worried in the moment that it happened because those injuries can become a little bit difficult to treat.”
“But this one is going to be straightforward and we are already counting down the days for him to come back and we’ll make sure he comes back stronger and ready for the final and most important part of the season.”
The 20-year-old damaged his ligaments in the Everton’s defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. His absence will be a worrying news for Roberto Martinez who is looking to salvage something from the season after his team have not gotten off to the best of start expected of them going by their impressive showing last season.
Everton already have lots of injury worries in the team with players like Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Ross Barkley already missing in action in recent weeks for the team due to one injury concern or the other.
With rumours making round that Silvain Distin has been suspended from first team training, Everton already look thin and short of defenders.
Stones has partnered compatriot Phil Jagielka in Everton’s central defence making seven appearance in all competition so far this season.
If he stays out for 10weeks, he is likely to miss the following Barclays premier league and Europa league games for Everton. 18 Oct: Aston Villa (H), 22 Oct: Lille (A), 26 Oct:Burnley (A), 1 Nov: Swansea (H), 6 Nov: Lille (H), 9 Nov: Sunderland (A), 22 Nov: West Ham (H), 27 Nov: Wolfsburg (A), 30 Nov: Tottenham (A), 3 Dec: Hull (H), 6 Dec: Manchester City (A), 11 Dec: FK Krasnodar (H), 14 Dec: QPR (H), 20 Dec: Southampton (A), 26 Dec: Stoke (A), 28 Dec: Newcastle (A).
Everton have not started the season brightly, they have just managed six points from seven game and currently sits 17th on the log table no thanks to injury to major player and a difficult early season fixtures which have seen them play team like Arsenal Chelsea and Manchester United withing their first seven fixtures.
Coach Roberto Martinez has hoped to have all his players back and fit after the international break but this latest Stone’s injury will be a major blow to a team already short of central defenders especially in the quest to get their season back on the right track.
The England youngster having been capped four times by coach Roy Hodgson will also miss the Three Lions’ upcoming Euro 2016 games against Estonia 12th October, Slovenia 15th November and Scotland 18th November.