Gerard Deulofeu will be out for at least a month after suffering a hamstring injury against Fulham on Saturday, according to the Guardian.
The Spaniard has impressed Roberto Martinez so far, and the Toffees boss may look to keep the youngster for a second season on-loan from Barcelona.
But the Everton manager has warned Deulofeu to be ready for the final third of the season after the forward was ruled out until January because of a hamstring tear.
Everton released a statement on Monday: “Scans have now shown the extent of the soft tissue injury in his right hamstring, which is likely to keep him out for a few weeks.”
The 19-year-old replaced Kevin Mirallas in the Toffees’ starting line-up against Fulham for his second Premier League start but was substituted after 63 minutes because of the injury.
After scoring the equaliser against Arsenal the week before, the youngster’s stock has risen since signing in the summer.
The Spaniard has represented his country’s Under-21 side 12 times, scoring five goals.
He is yet to receive a senior cap from Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque, but many feel it is only a matter of time as he is expected to replace some of the ageing stars in the Spanish squad after the World Cup.
Deulofeu is set to miss league matches against Swansea City, Sunderland and Stoke City, plus the FA Cup tie against Queens Park Rangers.
This will disappoint Martinez, who will need to rotate his squad over the busy Christmas period, but he has challenged the youngster to return fighting fit.
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