The Daily Mail has reported that Dele Alli will not play again this season due to a hip muscle injury that will sideline him for up to ten weeks.
The midfielder has returned to Everton from his loan spell at Besiktas, where he has not played since February.
Dele was expected to use the loan deal to revive his career, but instead, he fell out of favour at the Turkish club.
It remains unclear whether Dele has a future at Goodison Park beyond this season, as his reputation has suffered further due to his failed loan move.
Although he is on a high wage, it is possible that Dele may be able to impress the Everton boss, Sean Dyche, as Michael Keane and Abdoulaye Doucoure have done. However, his time in Turkey has come to an end.
Dele’s loan deal with Besiktas is now likely to be cut short to allow him to receive treatment on his injury with his parent club.
Despite the uncertain future, Dele’s situation highlights the financial difficulties at Everton. If they manage to avoid relegation, there may still be a chance for Dele to impress the new coach and resurrect his career, even if the chances of him staying with the club are slim to none.
Dele’s injury is a significant blow for Besiktas, who were hoping he would help them in their pursuit of the Turkish Super Lig title.
However, it is a much greater setback for Dele himself, who has had a challenging few years in the Premier League.
The injury could potentially affect his chances of being selected for the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 competition.
The injury adds to the growing list of fitness concerns for Everton, who are already missing key players such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan due to injuries.
Everton’s next match is against Tottenham, which could have seen Dele play against his former club. However, the injury has ruled him out of this encounter and the rest of the season.