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Young Everton forward out for a couple of months

Bad news for Hornby who had been training with the senior squad

Netherlands v Scotland - UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2019 Qualifying Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Just when it was looking like he was going to get a call up to the Everton first team squad, for a tryout at least, injury struck.

Fraser Hornby has been in excellent form for the last month or so, banging in the goals for Scotland’s Under-21 side in the European qualifiers and playing an equally key role for David Unsworth’s Under-23 team as well.

The just-turned 19-year-old has been training on and off with the senior side at Finch Farm, and would have certainly given Marco Silva something to think about in squad selection with the woes the manager has had at the striker position.

However an ankle ligament injury sustained last week against Doncaster Rovers in the Premier League Cup required surgery and Hornby will likely be out until the end of the calendar year at least.

There has been some good news for the Blues at the senior level though, with five players playing a part in a closed-doors training friendly this week: Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes, Beni Baningime, James McCarthy and Phil Jagielka. No word on Seamus Coleman though Marco Silva had seemed to indicate that the Irishman would be back in training during or after this international break.