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Everton midfielder set for further spell on the sidelines

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The Frenchman underwent surgery this week

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Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin may not play again this season after undergoing surgery on a knee problem.

The Frenchman suffered the injury during the first half of last weekend’s defeat at Arsenal and had to be replaced at the break.

It was subsequently discovered that he had suffered a torn meniscus and had surgery this week to repair the cartilage.

No timescale has been given for his recovery, with Everton just saying the former Southampton man is “set for a period out of the team.”

However, the recovery time for a torn meniscus is usually around three months, which would certainly rule Schneiderlin out for the rest of the campaign. With his future in the summer uncertain, it may mean that the 30-year-old has played his last game for the club.

Though he is not one of the more popular members of the squad among the supporters, his injury does further reduce the team’s centre midfield options.

Schneiderlin has made 18 appearances in all competitions for the club this season and has started three out of their last four matches.

Thankfully, it looks like Andre Gomes is ready to step straight into the side after his successful cameo from the bench last weekend, though the pressure will be on for him to maintain his fitness between now and the end of the season given there is precious little back up behind him.