According to injury specialist Ben Dinnery, Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucoure could still face up to two weeks out despite manager Frank Lampard playing down his hamstring injury.
After a disappointing 2021/22 season, it looks like it could be more of the same, as Everton have lost their first two games, and now, one of their key players in Doucoure has sustained a hamstring injury during the side’s defeat at the weekend.
The good news for Everton fans is that Lampard played down the issue, claiming: “It wasn’t a sudden ping, it was more of a tightness – so we will see,” however, Dinnery believes that despite this, the midfielder could still face up to two weeks out to fully recover and not re-injure himself.
Speaking on the Premier FPL Injuries show, he said: “He pulled up with a hamstring issue. Now, Frank Lampard fortunately, he’s played that down a little bit in terms of he didn’t feel it ping; there wasn’t any sharp, sudden pain; it was more of a precautionary measure, a bit of tightness.
“That’s not to say that it won’t be a time-loss injury, even [though] we know high-recurrence, high re-injury rates – it’s something that you don’t want to push unnecessarily.
“So, we could easily still be talking around a 7-14-day timeout period there. However, it will be assessed, he will be sent for a scan, and hopefully that’ll come back relatively clear.”
TIF Thoughts on Doucoure’s injury…
The last thing Everton need right now is another injury to a key player, as they are already missing the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Andros Townsend, Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Allan.
They have now added Doucoure to the list, which saw them playing a combination of Alex Iwobi and Tom Davies as their midfield duo, which is perhaps something Lampard was not hoping for prior to the start of the season.
What will make his absence worse is that Doucoure has impressed according to his Fbref stats over the past year, ranking in the 87th percentile for pressures, in the 80th for assists, and in the 74th for tackles per game.
Luckily for the club and the fans, it does not look to be a serious injury that will keep their star out for a long time, but as Dinnery stated, he could be set to miss games against Nottingham Forest and Brentford in the Premier League.
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