Everton have had their fair share of injuries already this season with Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina sidelined in the backline, and now a new update has emerged that could seriously impact the Toffees’ defensive set-up.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Jordan Pickford is set to be out for up to a month with a thigh injury sustained in the Merseyside Derby.
Ornstein wrote in his article for the publication that the Toffees’ number one is set to miss out on the clash with Arsenal and West Ham United as well as likely missing out on England’s fixtures during the international break.
There is no doubt that Frank Lampard will be frustrated with the news that Pickford could be out for up to four weeks as he has arguably been Everton’s best player of the season so far.
The injury to the England ‘keeper comes as he put in a Man of the Match performance against Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby last weekend with eight phenomenal saves against the club’s bitter rivals to hold the visitors to a 0-0 draw, leaving the Toffees unbeaten in their last four games in the Premier League.
In fact, Pickford is second only to Newcastle United’s Nick Pope for saves this season (26), and has had a significant influence on their ability to hold their last four opponents to a draw in the league.
Over six appearances, the 28-year-old has saved 81% of the shots against him, with 1.3 clearances per game and 42 touches per match which has led to him being the highest-rated player (7.47) in the entire Everton squad for his contributions in the team so far, according to SofaScore.
Lampard was full of praise for his keeper after his display against Liverpool last weekend hailing Pickford in his post-match interview:
He said: “Superb, the save from Nunez in the first half when I think we were comfortable as you can be against Liverpool – it’s just a moment of quality and he gets a fingertip to it.
“When he delivers like he did today everyone understands why he’s England’s number one and why we appreciate him so much here.”
With that being said, it’s a huge blow that he’ll miss the next month of action and Lampard will need to hope that Asmir Begovic can remain fit to replace him over his recovery period as Andy Lonergan is currently injured until after the international break as well.