Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas will be out for the rest of the season with a groin injury.
The Belgian picked up the injury during Everton's 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the weekend where he scored the second goal.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez told evertontv: “Kevin's scans came back and they have revealed a small tear in his groin. He is going to be out for the season which is a real disappointment and a shame because he was in a phenomenal moment of form.
“But the memory we have of his performance against Manchester United is a terrific image. The way he took his goal and how he was a dynamic force throughout the game – it was an outstanding performance.
“It’s a great way to finish the season if it’s the last game he is going to be involved in this campaign.”
Martinez added: “It is not a major injury. It could be anything up to five or six weeks, and that’s looking at the worst-case scenario. Kevin is a quick healer and I would be surprised if he is not available after three or four weeks.
“It’s a shame because we had three really important games and Kevin has always been really influential this campaign. But the most important aspect now is that we get him fully fit and ready to participate with Belgium in the World Cup.”
The 26-year-old will miss the the games against Southampton on Saturday, the visit of Manchester City and the final game of the season at Hull City.
However the injury isn't long term which means that Mirallas still has a chance to be picked by Belgium for the World Cup in the summer.
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