The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.

Van Dijk was required to be substituted and further assessment on the injury has revealed an operation will be needed.

An exact timeframe has not yet been set for van Dijk’s return, but early indications suggest that the 29-year-old is expected to miss the remainder of his side’s 2020/21 campaign.