Everton have confirmed that both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes have withdrawn from their international squads with injuries suffered during Sunday’s draw at Chelsea.
News of Sigurdsson’s withdrawal is not really a surprise given the Iceland midfielder was the victim of a horrendous tackle by Jorginho that warranted more than just a yellow card.
Sigurdsson was able to continue but was eventually forced off in the second half and was photographed leaving the ground wearing a protective boot.
The 29-year-old was named in the Iceland squad to take on Belgium in the Nations League before a friendly with Qatar next week. However, it has now been confirmed that the former Swansea man will remain at Finch Farm to undergo treatment on an ankle injury.
Sigurdsson was lucky not to have a broken his ankle given the severity of the tackle by Jorginho but it remains to be seen what damage has been done. Fingers crossed it’s only relatively minor and he will be able to return for the Toffees after the international break.
Gomes meanwhile was recalled to the Portugal squad for games against Italy and Poland after impressing in his early performances for the Toffees.
The 25-year-old has slotted perfectly into the heart of Everton’s midfield and has already become a fans’ favourite.
The on-loan Barcelona midfielder linked-up with his international teammates but was soon sent back to Merseyside after being assessed by Portugal’s medical team.
It’s since been confirmed that Gomes suffered a bruised leg at Stamford Bridge and was deemed not fit enough to play in either fixture.
I doubt too many Evertonians will be disappointed to see Gomes back at Finch Farm, especially as the injury sounds relatively minor.
He is only just back to full fitness after a hamstring strain so we all feared the worst when he went off on international duty.
Instead he has the chance to rest up and take stock over the next fortnight ahead of some crucial matches coming up.
If only we could do that with the rest of our internationals!