The rumblings started early yesterday before the game at Villa Park.
Rumour had it on Everton discussion boards and on Twitter that the Toffees’ summer transfer window signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin had sustained some sort of serious injury that could see him missing a number of weeks.
That seemed to be confirmed when the matchday squad was announced and Gbamin’s name was nowhere to be seen on it. The Ivory Coast international was pressed into action in the first game of the season against Crystal Palace before halftime when Andre Gomes limped off. Then he made his first Blues’ start last weekend in the win over Watford FC.
After the miserable loss against Aston Villa, manager Marco Silva responded when asked about what was wrong with the 23-year-old -
“It’s more serious than we’d expected and will be some weeks.
“In some hours our medical staff will put out a statement.”
The club later released a terse statement that specified the type of injury, but little else.
Midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin has sustained a significant injury to his right quadriceps muscle.
The 23-year-old will undergo further investigation with the Club’s medical staff at USM Finch Farm this week.
This is more bad news the Blues didn’t need, especially with Fabian Delph yet to play a single minute of this season and Andre Gomes appearing to be badly in need of a rest. Silva had mentioned a few days ago that Delph would begin full training this coming week, but the Carabao Cup Second Round game on Wednesday at Lincoln City might come too soon for that.