Everton’s £25million summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin has suffered a fresh injury blow and will be out for another three months.
Gbamin only played twice at the start of the season after joining from Mainz, before being sidelined with an injury to his quadriceps.
Initially it was thought that the defensive midfielder would be out for three months but the 24-year-old is set to miss another 12 weeks with this new setback.
On the club’s website a statement read: ‘Everton Football Club can confirm that Jean-Philippe Gbamin has undergone surgery on a tendon injury in his right quadriceps muscle, which will keep the midfielder out of action for around three months.
‘The 24-year-old had returned to light training at the start of this month but suffered a setback in his rehabilitation.
‘As a result, the summer signing from Mainz underwent surgery in France on Tuesday.
‘Gbamin will now continue his rehabilitation with Club medical staff at USM Finch Farm.’
The news comes at a dreadful time for the Toffees, who reside in the relegation zone after eight games this season.
Gbamin was brought in as a replacement for Idrissa Gueye after the Senegal international joined PSG for £30million.
As a result of his absence, Everton have been unable to deploy a specialist defensive midfielder and Marco Silva is under enormous pressure.
They host West Ham on Saturday in the early kick off and could climb out of the bottom three with victory.