Everton have confirmed on their official website that Gylfi Sigurdsson, as well as Andre Gomes, will not join up with their respective countries for international duty this week.
Sigurdsson was on the receiving end of a two-footed tackle from Jorginho during Sunday’s goalless draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder did not leave the pitch immediately following the challenge, but he did later exit the field of play.
After the match there was concern about the extent of Sigurdsson’s injury, and now Everton have confirmed that he will miss upcoming international fixtures with Iceland.
The number 10 was due to take on Belgium in the Nations League on Friday before facing Qatar in a friendly three days later.
Instead, Sigurdsson will work on his recovery at Finch Farm and will “continue to be assessed” by the Toffees’ medical staff.
There is no doubt that the former Swansea City star is a key part of Marco Silva’s team, therefore losing him would be a huge blow.
The silver lining, though, is that he has the next two weeks to recover and get up to full fitness.
The concerning aspect about Everton’s statement is that they are not indicating how damaging the injury is to Sigurdsson, which is bound to spread anxiety throughout the fanbase.
Returning to fitness for the visit of Cardiff City on November 24 would be warmly welcomed, but most supporters would arguably sacrifice his inclusion to ensure that he is ready and raring for the Merseyside derby.
Should he miss out against the Bluebirds, it could finally give 21-year-old Kieran Dowell the chance to flourish in the central attacking midfield role that he has been waiting for, given he has failed to play a single minute of Premier League football this term and only made the substitutes’ bench on three occasions.