Everton’s influential midfielder Idrissa Gueye could be set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up a knock whilst on international duty with Senegal, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The 29-year-old played a starring role for the Senegalese during their 3-0 victory over Sudan in Saturday night’s Africa Nations Cup qualifier, as he got his name for the scoresheet with a close-range finish before going off injured.

Gueye was on the receiving end of a crunching tackle from his Sudanese opponent, one that left the midfielder clutching his ankle, forcing him to make way for his replacement, Sidy Sarr.

News of the former Aston Villa man’s injury will be a concern to manager Marco Silva, who is looking to maintain his Everton side’s recent run of good form which saw them rack up back to back Premier League victories.

Gueye has been central to the Toffees’ improved results and Silva will be hoping that the Senegalese will be able to line up against Crystal Palace when the Eagles visit Goodison Park next Saturday.

Since joining Everton from Villa in a £7.1 million deal back in August 2016, the midfielder has established himself as an instrumental part of the Blues first-team squad.

So far, this season, Gueye has made seven appearances for the Merseyside outfit, with Silva’s side yet to find the consistency required for them to push up the table.

They currently find themselves in the lower half of the table in 11th place with 12 points to their name and will be hoping to secure all three points against Roy Hodgson’s Palace on Saturday afternoon.

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