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Gerard Deulofeu could miss the start of the season with hamstring injury - report

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Everton's pre-season continues to take a nose dive.

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Everton look to have been dealt a huge blow on the verge of the new season with reports claiming Gerard Deulofeu has suffered a hamstring injury in training.

The Daily Mail (yes I know) claims the Spanish winger pulled up in training on Tuesday and will be sent for a scan. Everton apparently fear it could be a grade two tear which, if true, would keep Deulofeu out for up to six weeks, ruling him out of the first month of the new season.

It would be a crushing blow for Everton and the player if the rumours are true. Hamstring injuries are notoriously tricky to recover from, especially once the season has started, so it could have a real impact on Deulofeu's season.

It would also be the latest in a long line of hamstring injuries suffered by Everton players in recent years, suggesting it is more than just bad luck.

It would also mean (at time of writing) that Tom Cleverley would be the only new face going into the new season, further highlighting Everton's continued struggles to compete in the transfer market.

*****Update******

The Liverpool Echo, presumably after contacting Everton over the issue, confirmed Deulofeu has suffered a hamstring strain but say that it is not serious enough to rule him out of the season opener against Watford on August 8.