Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi is set to be sidelined for around three weeks with the ankle ligament injury he sustained in Friday night’s FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.
The Goodison Park outfit confirmed the news following a scan and said Iwobi’s injury will be “managed conservatively” by their medical team.
Iwobi was taken off on a stretcher early in the second half at Old Trafford after being caught in a challenge by Tyrell Malacia.
The news will come as a blow to Blues boss Frank Lampard, who has started the Nigerian in all but one of the club’s 21 games in all competitions this season.
However, a three-week lay-off could have been a whole lot worse for an Everton side currently sitting in the relegation places.
Iwobi has arguably been Lampard’s best player this season, performing in more of a central midfield role.
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It now just remains to be seen if the Chelsea legend is still in charge when Iwobi returns from his lay-off.
Pressure has been growing on the Goodison chief after a run of no wins in eight games, with six defeats in that time.
Majority owner Farhad Moshiri is already said to be weighing up potential replacements, which includes a local hero and a former boss.
Wayne Rooney is currently head coach of DC United in MLS. However, Moshiri believes he is the sort of character who could come in and galvanise the club with his sheer presence.
As for Martinez, he resigned as Belgium coach after the World Cup and is on the hunt for a new position.
Another name being considered is Sean Dyche, although he os considered more of an outsider despite the job he did at Burnley for years.
Everton are back in action on Saturday when they host Southampton in a huge relegations six-pointer.