Everton may struggle to offload Sandro Ramirez permanently following an injury blow to the Spanish forward.
According to Diario Vasco, the 23-year-old suffered knee ligament damage during a training session with Real Sociedad earlier this week.
Ramirez signed for the Spanish outfit on a season-long loan after new manager Marco Silva decided that the attacker will not figure in his plans this season.
The report claims that the former Malaga hitman could be on the sidelines for about four weeks.
A month out is not the end of the world for Ramirez, but upon return he could struggle to secure a first-team spot, which could end up affecting his long-term prospects.
Picking up an injury at this early stage of the season is bad news for someone who wants to make an impression.
Ramirez needs as much game time as possible in order to either impress his new employers ahead of a permanent move, or catch Silva’s eye in the hope of moving back to Goodison Park.
After being recruited by then-Toffees manager Ronald Koeman last summer, the attacker went on to make just 15 appearances in all competitions.
If Ramirez struggles for minutes once he recovers from injury, it may be difficult for Everton to offload him permanently at the end of the season.