Everton linked ace Frank Fabra suffers torn ACL, out of World Cup

Peru's Wilder Cartagena (L) and Colombia's Frank Fabra vie for the ball during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Lima, on October 10, 2017.

Everton linked Frank Fabra and Colombia have suffered a cruel blow.

Frank Fabra of Boca Juniors fights for the ball with Junior Arias during a match between Boca Juniors and Talleres as part of Superliga 2017

Frank Fabra is out of the World Cup after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the Colombian football federation have confirmed.

Boca Juniors ace Fabra suffered the injury in training for Colombia and Farid Diaz of Olimpia has been called up in his place.

Peru's Wilder Cartagena (L) and Colombia's Frank Fabra vie for the ball during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Lima, on October 10, 2017.

Premier League side Everton are also potentially affected, with Fabra recently linked with a transfer to Goodison Park.

The Sun reported in April that Everton have sent scouts out to watch the left-back, who is a regular for Boca.

Frank Fabra of Boca Juniors controls the ball during a match between Boca Juniors and Defensa y Justicia as part of Argentine Superliga 2017

Boca reportedly wanted £7.5 million for the defender, making Fabra a potential bargain for Everton, especially if he proved himself a success at this summer's World Cup.

He is now out of his country's plans and will not travel to Russia.

His chances of a move to Everton this summer are now also over, and he faces a battle simply to play again in 2018.

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