Joe Williams suffers fresh injury blow

Tuesday 1 November 2016  5 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton Under-23 prospect Joe Williams has had his progress checked by another injury, David Unsworth has confirmed.

The midfielder, who has come through the ranks alongside the likes of Tom Davies, has long been considered a potential star product from Everton's Finch Farm Academy and was looking to get back to action after spending the summer in rehabilitation from damage to the lateral collateral ligament in his knee.

Unfortunately, however, Williams played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Wigan Athletic — likely the same one where Leighton Baines felt lingering pain in his troublesome hamstring — and suffered a different knock, this time to his ankle, that Unsworth says will sideline him for another few months.

“Unfortunately Joe picked up a knock against Wigan a couple of weeks ago,” the U23s' boss told “He had started his comeback and was looking great. But unfortunately in that Wigan game he has taken a knock and it is a different injury.

“It looks like he is going to be out for a few months now. He is not having much luck at the moment but he will work hard in the gym and he will be back before we know it.”  

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Peter Gorman
1 Posted 01/11/2016 at 13:47:42
Rotten luck. Here's to a speedy recovery.
Malcolm Kitchen
2 Posted 01/11/2016 at 15:43:03
Yes, shame for Joe. If Unsy was first-team manager, then him, Walsh, Jones, Evans, Dyson & Charsley would have had a taste of first-team action!

Koeman wants top experienced players in, which is great but our good prospects will never get a game!

Brent Stephens
3 Posted 01/11/2016 at 17:50:48
I feel for Joe. Has always looked solid when I've watched him. Speedy recovery, mate.
John Graham
4 Posted 01/11/2016 at 18:46:28
Always feel sorry for young players who have lots of injuries. It's the main time for their development. Not really heard much of him and maybe he's behind a few of the other young players who always get mentioned.
Best of luck to him.
Frank Wade
5 Posted 02/11/2016 at 14:22:08
Hard luck on Joe, hope he's back soon. I must admit, I never heard of the lateral collateral ligament before.

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