By Jason Jones

4th Mar, 2020 | 7:34pm

Report - Everton loanee returns to Goodison Park early after major injury blow

Cenk Tosun has returned to Everton from Crystal Palace after sustaining a serious knee injury, according to the Liverpool Echo. 

The Turkish striker has been on loan at Selhurst Park since January, but could see his spell in the capital cut short after picking up a complaint.

It is understood that the 28-year-old has returned to Merseyside as the Toffees attempt to determine the extent of his problem.

Tosun was sent out to Palace in an effort to ensure he gained regular game time in the build up to this summer’s upcoming European Championships, but has struggled with injuries prior to this latest setback, and has made just five Premier League appearances for the Eagles. 

What does this mean for Tosun?

It’s almost certainly not good news.

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The 28-year-old was struggling before he got crocked, and that chances are that barring some kind of minor miracle, his season could lie in tatters.

That’s gutting, not least because it means he’s probably going to miss out on what could well be his last shot at a major international tournament.

From an Everton perspective, things aren’t great either.

Chances are that Tosun’s time at Goodison is probably drawing to an end, with the striker never really managing to live up to the hype that surrounded his arrival.

The issue is, however, it’s going to be an awful lot harder to sell him in the summer if he’s not in the shop window.

With his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, it now looks increasingly likely that he will leave the club on a free transfer if he does depart.

In other Everton news, ‘He will bounce back’ – Kevin Phillips defends under fire Toffees first teamer.