Theo Walcott is set to miss a large part of the restarted 2019-20 season as he recovers from an abdominal operation.
The winger joins an expanding list of players who will not be available for the upcoming derby in 10 days' time and he is likely to be out until mid-July following surgery to correct a problem that developed during training.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Yerry Mina were already sidelined with injury and it has been reported that André Gomes is a slight doubt to make the first game because of a muscle strain that will prevent him from training this week.
“Theo Walcott is set to miss the restart of the Premier League season after undergoing surgery," a statement from Everton read.
“The 31-year-old Everton forward had abdominal surgery on Monday evening, having developed symptoms following the first team's return to training.
“He has now started his rehabilitation under the care of the club's medical team and is expected to make a return to training in four weeks.”
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1 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:13:05
2 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:29:42
3 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:31:56
4 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:32:06
Maybe he blew an appendix?
5 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:35:03
6 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:07:47
Difficult to blame the medical department for this one, although I expect that won't stop some from trying!
7 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:09:40
8 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:11:27
9 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:28:10
10 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:58:09
11 Posted 10/06/2020 at 20:11:48
I like Iwobi, I think the big issue we have had is in centre-midfield. Better quality and consistency there and I think Iwobi plays far better.
12 Posted 10/06/2020 at 20:14:32
My best guess? SidibÃ© on the right, in front of Coleman. Unless one of them gets hurt this week.
13 Posted 10/06/2020 at 20:36:50
14 Posted 10/06/2020 at 21:42:09
Jean-Philipe Gbamin excluded, but we have so many players who still seem to routinely get injured every other month.
Compared to other clubs, it would be interesting to see who's had the most consistent injury born damage to their squads these last 10 years.
Theo won't be missed in any case. Let's hope there's no more before the RS game.
15 Posted 10/06/2020 at 21:49:33
16 Posted 10/06/2020 at 22:03:32
Time to bring out our kids they have everything to play for.
17 Posted 10/06/2020 at 22:26:07
18 Posted 10/06/2020 at 22:35:56
19 Posted 10/06/2020 at 22:39:21
20 Posted 10/06/2020 at 23:04:53
Walcott, sadly, has been basically a disappointment since coming to Everton. I was hoping some of these ''disappointing'' players would be able to prove something to Carlo but I am beginning to believe Carlo will need to bring in his own choices for the next season.
Everton really have nothing to play for this season except maybe some ''derby match'' pride and delaying RS's celebration for some other opponent.
21 Posted 10/06/2020 at 23:05:37
No Walcott will mean more chances for Gordon and maybe a couple of others, so good.
Against Liverpool, I expect SidibÃ© or 3-5-2.
22 Posted 11/06/2020 at 05:06:23
23 Posted 11/06/2020 at 09:19:30
24 Posted 11/06/2020 at 12:26:38
25 Posted 11/06/2020 at 12:37:10
Looks like we are stuck with him then... Shit!
26 Posted 11/06/2020 at 13:04:54
Midfield is going to be a nightmare with few available to play in it. Gordon or Iowbi seem the only options.
28 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:09:49
Where will it end?
29 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:12:33
30 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:34:57
31 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:37:55
32 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:41:16
33 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:46:15
Gonna be Davies and Banigime in the derby at this rate.
Crazy to pick up 5 injuries in 2 weeks during light contact training. Sounds churlish to say but are they being warmed up properly?!
34 Posted 11/06/2020 at 16:45:41
35 Posted 11/06/2020 at 16:53:59
36 Posted 11/06/2020 at 17:14:57
37 Posted 11/06/2020 at 17:20:14
IMO he looks a lot better than Todibo and is much less of a risk.
38 Posted 11/06/2020 at 17:32:46
Lemme check my roster. I must have had the shirt numbers mixed up.
The Zouma I saw was adequate, with a couple of serious blunders to spice up the mix. I think he was better for us than for them. And I don't think he cracks our starting lineup.
Alan J #22, I liked that one.
39 Posted 11/06/2020 at 17:54:44
I think if we spent 㿀M on him, we would be rubber-stamping our position as the Premier League mugs.
When Chelsea are prepared to sell and none of the other top clubs are interested, alarm bells should be ringing. We can't go on like this... We have got to start applying sound judgement.
40 Posted 11/06/2020 at 18:28:19
Lampard's a motivator certainly but he's no Mourinho. The team is very open. Zouma for us is an excellent option. He's never going to be world class (like Todibo could be) but a very sound acquisition if we can get him - especially if we inject some pace, energy and aggression into the midfield.
41 Posted 11/06/2020 at 18:29:02
Who the fuck watches these players prior to signing them? Does nobody look at their past fitness record? Every player gets injured but this list are horrendous. What a piss-poor run club.
Walcott and Delph won't be missed anyway as they are crap. Gbamin, we don't know how good or bad he is as we haven't had a chance to judge him. Bernard, Mina and Iwobi are both hit and miss. Gomes best of the lot but doesn't produce enough for all his qualities. Mass clear-out needed yet again, folks. Good luck, Carlo.
42 Posted 11/06/2020 at 18:34:23
It is crazy to pick up 5 injuries in 2 weeks. I was concerned with the enforced lockdown break.
Everton training during previous breaks did not produce a fit and motivated Everton. I also have had concerns about recovery and rehabilitation programs at Everton.
The coming weeks are going to need a well-prepared Everton.
43 Posted 11/06/2020 at 19:00:43
German experience has injuries that have shot up hugely, so expect patched-up sides all the way.
Could be an argument to get enough points to stay up, and then save the players for a strong showing next season.
44 Posted 11/06/2020 at 20:58:45
The sole aim should be to stay up and, by the end of the season, Everton will be glad of that.
45 Posted 12/06/2020 at 00:54:33
But we're on the right side of this one. As I've said before, nobody here would even be considering Zouma if he hadn't played for us before. And he wouldn't even be a starter here, just a deputy behind Holgate and Mina.
46 Posted 12/06/2020 at 12:10:12
48 Posted 12/06/2020 at 20:04:09
As for Walcott and Delph being out, seriously does anyone really think we're going to miss either of these two wasters? And when the likes of Iwobi and SidibÃ© are the 'best' replacements it shows just how piss-poor the squad is!!
49 Posted 12/06/2020 at 20:51:24
I live in SouthWest London and know loads of Chelsea fans. Zouma is definitely divisive but at least half of them rate him their best centre-back and don't want him sold.
Mike @45, I rated Zouma long before he came to us. He's better than Mina currently, he wins more headers, has much better acceleration and is better positionally.
He's certainly not perfect and is not a great organiser or leader; but 㿀M for a rapid centre-back who knows the league and our club well and has his best years ahead of him makes sense to me. Won't happen though as, despite Darren's thoughts, I reckon Lampard rates him highly and he's probably in their starting XI currently.
Oh, and when I said he was the best this season, I meant statistically. He was their highest-rated centre-back on who scored which I know will mean nothing to the stats haters.
50 Posted 12/06/2020 at 20:58:42
51 Posted 13/06/2020 at 10:57:56
52 Posted 13/06/2020 at 11:30:42
53 Posted 13/06/2020 at 18:46:23
54 Posted 13/06/2020 at 00:05:48
Realistically, Carlo will go defensive and play SidibÃ© as right midfielder which is probably a safe and sensible decision on paper as he's a better crosser.
The reality is, as average as Walcott is, he has improved his work rate in tracking back and, other than moving Richarlison across, we have no better alternative.
I'd love to go 3-4-1-2 and play a much faster attacking tempo but we don't have the players for it. We lack the pace in defence and midfield.
We don't want Liverpool to embarrass us again and some players are playing for their futures. Sadly, I already know what their futures should be but I'd be amazed if we got rid of the amount of players that we should.
The players have only pride to play for and, without the crowd and a manager who will give his all on the sidelines, I can only see one winner.
55 Posted 14/06/2020 at 00:40:46
And who is the only boardroom member of OUR club who's been in post throughout? Maybe there's more than a link? Just asking.
56 Posted 14/06/2020 at 03:55:58
57 Posted 14/06/2020 at 08:42:53
I'm sure Bill wants to bow-out when we finally win a trophy but feel we would have a much better chance if he bowed out now.
So take a bow please, Mr Kenwright, take the accolades off a few and take your profits, then take a seat in the stand and sit alongside us, and hopefully we can stop watching Everton playing to exist and watch them start existing to win again.
This will help us take pride in your finest achievement, Bill, because EitC have helped a lot of people, especially during the pandemic, so let this be your legacy and something which will be celebrated even more once Everton start winning things again.
58 Posted 14/06/2020 at 13:16:16
Add to that the fact he actually isn't very good & you have to accept he's done rather well for himself by NOT playing football for the last 10 years plus. We'll not miss him.
59 Posted 14/06/2020 at 13:35:41
60 Posted 30/06/2020 at 13:37:53
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