Everton manager Ronald Koeman updated the injury status of the squad ahead of the Goodison edition of the Merseyside Derby on Monday night.
| @RonaldKoeman gave the latest update on @YannickBolasie on Friday afternoon... #EFC pic.twitter.com/aLCAxNCW88— Everton (@Everton) December 16, 2016
Winger Yannick Bolasie, who was injured in the match against Manchester United, has undergone the first surgery to repair his ruptured meniscus on Thursday, but will then have to wait another couple of months before he can have a second operation on the anterior cruciate ligament.
"It is a really tough injury and he will be out for a long time. It’s really hard for Yannick but the boy is positive, we will support him and he will come back stronger.”
Be back soon little hick up but God is so good, I will come back better hungrier, more smiles #restoration calm thx for the support ✌ pic.twitter.com/CnNhxEf9IX— Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) December 6, 2016
But aside from that, the Blues had no new injury concerns after the stirring comeback win against Arsenal also at Goodison Park. Muhamed Besic is the only other long-term injury to the senior squad.
The Toffees will be without the services of club captain Phil Jagielka for the Derby, after his late sending off during the Gunners game on Tuesday night.
For crosstown rivals Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho will be out until the end of the year, with fellow forward Danny Ings out for the longer-term. The status of another striker Daniel Sturridge remains murky, with his status up as ‘maybe’.
Manager Jurgen Klopp will be sweating on the fitness of two key players though for this game, with midfielder Emre Can and defender Joel Matip both facing late fitness tests before Monday night.