Everton dealt Theo Walcott blow as Toffees’ injury woes mount ahead of Merseyside Derby

Everton have this evening confirmed the club’s latest blow on the injury front, after Theo Walcott was forced to undergo abdominal surgery.

Everton host Liverpool

Following a near-3-month hiatus, English football is on the verge of getting back underway.

After Germany led the way with the successful resumption of the Bundesliga campaign, the Premier League is set to follow suit next week, with a pair of midweek fixtures.

The first full gameweek since March will then be played out over the course of the ensuing weekend, headlined by the Merseyside derby.

Everton are set to welcome Liverpool to Goodison Park for a highly-anticipated clash on Sunday, with the latter of course hoping to move one step closer to Premier League glory.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees, on the other hand, will be aiming to keep the club’s fading pursuit of a European berth for next season alive.

As things stand, the Merseysiders sit 12th in the English top-flight table, with 37 points on the board.

Walcott crocked

Everton’s hopes of getting one over on their city rivals, however, have been majorly dampened by a string of bad luck on the injury front of late.

Both Yerry Mina and Jean-Philippe Gbamin have picked up fitness issues since Premier League clubs were granted permission to resume group training last month.

And, as outlined above, the Toffees’ problems have today continued to mount, following news that Theo Walcott is set for a spell on the sidelines.

In an official statement across the club’s social media platforms, Everton have confirmed that wide-man Walcott recently picked up an abdominal issue, and was, as a result, forced to undergo surgery.

The former Arsenal attacker is not even expected to make a return to training for four weeks, meaning he looks set to miss most, if not all of the remainder of Everton’s season:

‘Theo Walcott is set to miss the restart of the Premier League season after undergoing surgery.’

‘The 31-year-old Everton forward had abdominal surgery on Monday evening, having developed symptoms following the first team’s return to training.’

‘He has now started his rehabilitation under the care of the Club’s medical team and is expected to make a return to training in four weeks.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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