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Injury blow for Everton youngster

On-loan Toffees defender out until 2019 after operation

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Everton youngster Antonee Robinson has been ruled out until the new year after surgery on an ankle injury.

The full-back is currently on a season-long loan at Wigan where he has been a regular for Paul Cook’s side this season.

However, Robinson hasn’t featured since the Latics’ defeat at Middlesbrough on November 10 due to injury and the decision has now been taken for him to go under the knife.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of their game against Blackburn on Wednesday, Wigan boss Paul Cook said:

“Jedi (Antonee Robinson) had an operation and will be out for around 10 weeks, but I was very happy with how Kal Naismith filled in for him on Saturday.

”We do have a genuine need for a left back come January and that’s something we’re already looking at.”

It’s an untimely blow during a breakout season for Robinson, who is also now a regular for the USMNT.

Evertonians are hoping the 21-year-old could be a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines (though Lucas Digne is undoubtedly first choice left-back for the foreseeable future).

Hopefully this injury isn’t too serious and Robinson can get back on the pitch early in 2019 to continue his development.

Get well soon, Jedi!