In a blow to both Everton and the Nigerian national team, midfielder Alex Iwobi has been ruled out of action for an indefinite period due to a hamstring injury, MySportDab reports.
The setback occurred during Everton’s recent encounter with Aston Villa, a match that ended in a resounding 4-0 defeat for the Toffees.
Iwobi, who joined Everton from Arsenal in the summer of 2019 for a hefty fee of £30 million, was forced to leave the pitch in the second half of the Villa clash.
Everton’s manager, Sean Dyche, expressed concern regarding the severity of the injury and suggested that the duration of Iwobi’s absence would depend on the extent of the hamstring tear.
Addressing the media during a pre-match press conference, Dyche confirmed the unfortunate news, stating, Alex Iwobi will be out for a ‘few weeks’ with a hamstring injury.
The uncertainty surrounding Iwobi’s return is palpable, leaving fans anxious about his impending absence on the field.
As a result of this injury setback, Iwobi’s participation in Everton’s upcoming matches, including the Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park, hangs in the balance.
Furthermore, the Super Eagles winger may also be sidelined for Nigeria’s crucial final 2024 African Cup of Nations qualification match against Sao Tome and Principe, scheduled for September 10, 2023.
Throughout his Everton career, Iwobi has showcased his talents in 140 appearances, contributing nine goals and 16 assists across various competitions.
His dynamic presence and creative abilities on the field will be sorely missed by both his club and his national team.
As Everton and Nigeria brace themselves for a period without Iwobi’s contributions, the focus now turns to his rehabilitation and recovery.
Fans, teammates, and coaching staff will be hoping for a swift return for the talented midfielder, who has become an integral part of both squads.