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Everton receive crushing blow after disappointing defeat

The heartbeat of the side Abdoulaye Doucoure could miss up to two months with a foot injury

Everton v Norwich City - Premier League Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Since his signing in the summer of 2020, Abdoulaye Doucoure’s successes have matched those of Everton’s. When the French midfielder has a good game, more often than not the Blues have gone on to win, or at least picked up points.

After the Blues limp 1-0 defeat at home on Sunday to West Ham, it has now been revealed that Doucure sustained a stress fracture that luckily will not need surgery, but will see him miss nearly two months just when the fixture list starts to pile up for the Toffees.

Doucoure had picked up an injury between March and May last season, with the Blues winning only once out of the eight games he was sidelined for and losing steam in their European challenge.

Responding to a tweet from journalist Fabrizio Romano that indicated he would be out for 6-7 weeks, Doucoure seemed to agree with that diagnosis. This places him for a return just around the revised Merseyside Derby date on the 1st of December.

The midfielder has been a scoring revelation this season after Rafa Benitez has used him in a more advanced role, with two goals and four assists. His indefatigable motor has seen his cover every blade of the grass on the pitch for the Blues in just about every game so far, and Everton will miss his energy most of all while he’s out.

The Toffees are already short Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph in midfield, and Jean-Philippe Gbamin has also been in and out of the side this season with injuries too. The Blues recently appointed a new coach in charge of fitness, and it seems he already has his hands full.

Here’s wishing him a quick and speedy recovery!