Everton striker Cenk Tosun is set to continue his treatment process in Turkey after sustaining a serious knee injury on Sunday.
Tosun was stretchered off in the 70th minute of Besiktas’ win over BB Erzurumsport on Sunday, with it later revealed he had ruptured the patella tendon in his knee.
He’s since undergone surgery on the injury and faces up to six months, perhaps even longer, battling back from the injury.
It’s the second serious injury the striker has suffered in the last year, having spent a long period on the sidelines last year after picking up a knee injury while on loan at Crystal Palace.
A statement from Everton following the news in Turkey stated that he would be returning to the club’s USM Finch Farm training ground to be assessed by their medical team, but his father says that is not the case.
“He’s had serious injuries before, but this time, I’m very sorry,” he told Ajansspor, relayed by TumSpor.
“This injury is very common in basketball players. Therefore, Prof. Dr Barış Kocaoglu and Prof. Alper Kaya, doctors of the Turkish Basketball National Team, who are experts in such injuries, performed the surgery. The surgery went very well.
“I was told he could return to the field after 6-7 months. Cenk is very strong. Look, he started working right after the surgery.
“On the second day, he started to stretch his feet by 30 per cent. He’ll be back in time for the second half of next season. Cenk was very upset, of course, but he’s stronger than any of us.”
“Everton allowed him, after examining everything from the doctors in the hospitals, to operate on him. Our doctors are international. Cenk will continue the treatment process in Turkey.”
It now remains to be seen what happens with Tosun moving forward, with any plans to leave Everton now on indefinite hold.
Come the summer, he will be in the final year of his deal at Goodison Park, and they had hoped to sell in the upcoming transfer window, something the injury has now ruined.
It seems they would have had a suitor, too, with Sabah reporting Besiktas were planning on a permanent move at the end of his loan deal, but that has now been cancelled, and they are looking elsewhere.
Indeed, they’ve already started to scour the market for signings, with their only contact with Everton now regarding Tosun’s status as he battles back from another serious injury.