Everton have been dealt a massive injury blow with the news that Yannick Bolasie requires surgery on a knee injury and is likely to miss the rest of the season.
Bolasie went down clutching his knee during the second half of Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Scans have since revealed serious cruciate ligament damage which requires an operation.
That is likely to sideline the 27-year-old for at least six months, meaning he won’t be back until the summer.
It may well be a similar injury to Muhamed Besic, who has been out since August and isn’t expected to return until February.
Bolasie cost Everton £27m from Crystal Palace in the summer and has made 16 appearances so far, scoring once and setting up four more.
The DR Congo international’s injury will certainly increase the pressure on Ronald Koeman to spend in January. The Dutchman is reportedly keen on signing up to eight players but this latest injury blow may well lengthen his shopping list still further.