Mason Holgate has become the first casualty of the international break, after it was revealed the young defender will need ankle surgery.
Every football fan fears the international break, when their favourite players go off around the world and often come back fatigued or worse.
Everton fans won’t be enjoying this two-week pause in the Premier League action, as Mason Holgate has withdrawn from the England Under 21 squad to have minor ankle surgery.
Whether or not Holgate sustained the injury on international duty is not clear, but either way it leaves the Blues terribly short of options at the back.
Phil Jagielka’s recent return to the side was a massive boost for the Toffees, but Michael Keane hasn’t exactly wowed fans since arriving and Ashley Williams is becoming a bit of a villain at Goodison Park.
Holgate has started 13 Premier League games this season, averaging 1.5 tackles per game, 1.5 interceptions and 5.5 clearances.
The 21 year-old is a handy tool for Sam Allardyce to have because of his versatility, and will be hoping to return to the action as soon as possible.
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