Premier League outfit Everton have, on Saturday, been dealt a concerning blow on the personnel front.
For those not aware, Sean Dyche’s troops were back in action a short time ago.
In their final pre-season outing ahead of the new Premier League campaign being kicked into gear, Everton welcomed Portuguese giants Sporting CP to Goodison Park.
And, when all was said and done, the afternoon’s hosts emerged on the right side of the result, thanking Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s spot-kick on the stroke of the interval for an eventual 1-0 triumph.
As alluded to above, though, on an otherwise positive afternoon, Everton were also dealt something of a blow.
This came late in proceedings on Merseyside, when a key member of the Toffees’ defensive setup was forced into a premature departure from the action.
The player in question? James Tarkowski.
After going to ground clutching his left knee, stopper Tarkowski was swiftly seen to by the medical team in attendance at Goodison.
It was subsequently decided that the former Burnley standout was in no condition to continue, culminating in Tarkowski limping off the pitch, and down the tunnel.
It now remains to be seen whether any sort of prolonged spell out of action awaits the 30-year-old, exactly one week out from Dyche’s troops playing host to Fulham in their season opener.