Everton manager Marco Silva has been providing an update on the status of his squad, ahead of his side heading to the St Mary’s Stadium to take on Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
The Toffees have not had much luck with injuries this term, culminating in that horrible fracture dislocation to the ankle of Andre Gomes last week.
It appears as though the issues do not end there for Everton, with Fabian Delph rated as a major doubt for the Saints trip on Saturday.
Silva provided the latest prognosis on the England midfielder, when he addressed the media ahead of the long journey for the Toffees.
“We will see tomorrow [Friday] and on the matchday but at this moment Fabian is a big doubt for the match,” the Everton official website quotes him as saying.
“Since the start of the season, it was really tough for us in that area of the pitch.
“We started to have big injuries there, it started in the first game with Andre when he came off with a small injury [Gomes hurt his ankle at Crystal Palace].
“Fabian did not do all of pre-season [Delph injured his thigh and missed Everton’s opening three games].
“Then we had the injury to Jean-Philippe Gbamin.”
Gomes will clearly not feature for Everton on Saturday, or the foreseeable future, but there are hopes that he could play again this season, according to his boss.
“The feedback I had from our medical staff is that it’s possible we will see Andre playing again this season,”
“Everything went really well with the surgery and post-surgery examinations and we hope we can see Andre playing again this season.
“Of course, we can’t be 100 per cent sure but we have good possibilities to do that.”
Fortunately for the Toffees, Morgan Schneiderlin is available for selection, should Silva want to utilise him for the match against his former club.