Pienaar: We're 'so sorry' for Yak

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Steven Pienaar has summed up Everton's disappointment after Ayegbeni Yakubu was ruled out for the rest of the season - admitting the team will sorely miss him.

South African midfielder Pienaar, who scored the winner at Tottenham on Sunday on his return from a knee problem, revealed how upset Yakubu was after suffering his Achilles injury.

Pienaar said: "It is a huge blow to lose Yak and we are all so sorry for him. We know the quality he has got and the type of person he is. I spoke to Yak at half-time and he was really down."

He added: "Maybe the win and the goal will have given him a little bit of lift. We hope he is better again quickly.

"His presence alone in the team gives the players a boost, so it is really unfortunate for him to pick up an injury like this when we are not even halfway through the season."

Everton also lost striker Louis Saha with a hamstring injury sustained at White Hart Lane and he could be out until Christmas.

With young frontman James Vaughan due to have a cartilage operation in Colorado this week - his recovery could be between six weeks and three months - Everton have lost three strikers in a matter of days.

It means that until the January transfer window opens, Victor Anichebe is likely to be given the chance to lead the attack, probably with Tim Cahill pushed into a more advanced attacking role from midfield.

Otherwise, Everton only have 19-year-old reserve Lukas Jutkiewicz to call on to play up front.

Yakubu could need an operation, but a decision will not be made until the injury has 'settled down'.

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