Everton defender Lucas Digne is set for a two-month spell on the touchlines after requiring surgery on his ankle.
That’s according to France Football, who say the Frenchman has picked up an injury in training that will leave him sidelined until 2021.
They report that ‘English sources’ close to the player say he suffered a ‘big shock’ to his ankle during training with Everton this week.
The first examinations of the injury were ‘not very reassuring’, and it’s been decided that he will require surgery to fix the problem.
He is set to go under the knife ‘in the coming days’ and should be absent for around two months, meaning he will miss Everton’s busy Christmas and New Year period.
That will come as a huge blow to Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, who will be forced to blood youngster Niels Nkounkou, who has impressed since arriving from Marseille in the summer, in Digne’s absence.
A key member of Ancelotti’s team, Digne has made eight Premier League appearances so far this season, adding four assists in the process.
The impressive return is an improvement on his good campaign last season, in which he made 35 appearances in the league and added seven assists.
This has all helped Digne gain prominence with the France national team, and Didier Deschamps will be hoping for a successful return ahead of Euro 2020, being held next summer.