Everton are likely to be without midfielder Fabian Delph this weekend, with manager Marco Silva confirming him as ‘a big doubt’ (official website).
The Toffees take on Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium and are looking to get back to winning ways after drawing last time out against Tottenham Hotspur.
And it looks as though Everton will be without the England international, who has been absent from training since Tuesday.
Delph missed the recent Premier League victory over West Ham United due to a hamstring injury, but came back to play against Brighton. He also featured in the Carabao Cup win over Watford and completed 90 minutes last weekend against Spurs.
The news comes after Andre Gomes’ horrific ankle dislocation and fracture at the weekend.
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It’s a major blow for Everton that Delph is doubtful to face Southampton.
The Toffees are light in midfield, with Jean-Philippe Gbamin also sidelined at the moment.
Delph has made a fairly solid start to life at Goodison Park since his summer move from Manchester City, and is something of a leader in midfield for the Toffees.
His absence would mean Silva is down to the bare bones for the weekend, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson his only central options.