Rafa Benitez may be without Tom Davies for a substantial run of games, as Everton fear the midfielder sustained a serious injury before the international break, per the Liverpool Echo.
Davies took a knock to his knee against Tottenham Hotspur last time out during a half-hour cameo. Benitez introduced the 23-year-old midway through the second period for only his fifth Premier League appearance so far this season.
The Spaniard had been reluctant to utilise the Blues product since taking over at Goodison Park. But has required Davies more since Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes’ injuries.
Davies may now miss his chance to impress Benitez, as the Everton midfielder faces weeks out with a knee injury. The Blues fear the issue will keep him out until mid-December.
Everton have not put a precise timescale on his recovery so far, while Benitez played down Davies’ issue on Friday. But confirmed he will not feature at Manchester City this Sunday.
“He had a knock during the [Tottenham] game and we assessed him after the game,” Benitez said. “He has a little problem with his knee, so he is another player who is not available at the moment. It will not be too serious, but he cannot play at the moment.”
Davies adds to Benitez’s Everton injury woes
Injury keeping Davies out until mid-December only adds to Benitez’s Everton injury woes. Especially in central midfield, after Gomes (calf) and Doucoure’s (foot) existing issues.
The Spaniard now only has Delph, Gbamin and Allan available to face Manchester City this Sunday. But Gbamin is yet to prove Benitez can trust him to play a regular role at Everton.
Davies will also be frustrated to see an injury hinder his hopes of impressing Benitez after a bit-part role at Everton so far this term, having played just 155-minutes of league football.
As Davies may find he is the sixth-choice in his position once the £25k-a-week ace returns. With Delph possibly having seven top-flight games to show his worth before Christmas day.