Everton youngster Luke Garbutt has told the Liverpool Echo that his injury problems has been massively detrimental to his progress.
Garbutt joined Championship outfit Fulham on loan during the summer transfer window, but he damaged his ankle prior to the commencement of the new campaign.
It has meant that the England youth international has been restricted in how many matches he has been able to play for Fulham, and Garbutt admits that has been a major blow to his development.
“Last season I did well at Everton and my ambition was to really push on,” Garbutt said.
“But the injury has knocked me back quite a lot so I have just got to keep working hard in training and I believe I will come out of it stronger.”
Garbutt broke into Everton’s first-team towards the back end of last season, and there are high hopes for his future at Goodison Park.
It was expected that this loan spell would be used to enhance his understanding of playing regular competitive football, as Everton look to turn him into a star in their senior squad.
However, Garbutt has only just started to come into contention at Fulham, as he aims to return to full match sharpness after his lengthy lay off.
Brendan Galloway has taken his chance in Everton’s starting line-up in Garbutt’s absence, meaning that there will be plenty of competition for places at left-back when the 22-year-old does return.