By Matthew Shaw

19th Oct, 2021 | 12:45pm

Fabrizio Romano: Abdoulaye Doucoure injury is stress fracture

Fabrizio Romano has been told that Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has suffered a stress fracture to his foot.

The French midfielder is set for an extended spell on the sidelines with numerous diagnosis already shared online.

One thing for certain is that Rafa Benitez is going to be without yet another one of his most important players for the near future.

Writing on his personal Twitter account this afternoon, Romano shared what his sources have told him about the problem.

“Abdoulaye Doucouré injury,” he wrote.

“Been told it’s a stress fracture and not complete foot fracture. He’s expected to be back in 6/7 weeks.”

This appears to be the most accurate report given that Doucoure himself responded to the transfer guru online.

Better than expected?

Initial reports suggested that it would be up to 10 weeks out for Doucoure, meaning that we have been given somewhat of a boost already.

Six to seven weeks still isn’t the best news, of course, but at least he should be back before the busy Christmas period.

Doucoure has been the standout man since Benitez’ arrival on Merseyside, and his partnership with Allan has made this system the success it is.

The Frenchman responding also all-but-confirms the news as accurate, and he will be doing all he can to get back as early as possible.

All eyes will be on the likes of Tom Davies now, who will be set for a huge role in this side over the coming couple of months.

Fingers crossed this doesn’t hit too hard.

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