Premier League side Everton have this afternoon confirmed that central defender Ramiro Funes Mori is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following surgery.
The former River Plate star made 23 Premier League appearances for the Toffees in 2016/17, but saw his season cut short by a knee injury sustained while on international duty with Argentina in March.
It had been hoped that Funes Mori may return to the the fold under Ronald Koeman over the next few months, but a major setback in his rehabilitation was rumoured over recent days, and has been confirmed on Everton’s official website this afternoon:
‘Ramiro Funes Mori has had a problem within his knee and has undergone further surgery in Barcelona which will require prolonged rehabilitation of a minimum of six to nine months.’
The 26-year-old now joins Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman as long-term absentees at Goodison Park, while midfielder Ross Barkley is also set for a spell on the sidelines following surgery on a groin injury.