By Adefunmiloye Alani

23rd Nov, 2021 | 12:40pm

Demarai Gray has suffered an abductor injury, could miss six weeks

Everton forward Demarai Gray has suffered an abductor injury and could spend six weeks on the sidelines, according to El Bobble.

The reliable Everton insider – followed on Twitter by The Times journalist Paul Joyce – posted the update on their account late on Monday afternoon.

Gray was withdrawn 17 minutes into the 3-0 defeat against Manchester City on Sunday, and he could be out of action for the year going by initial prognosis.

El Bobble said: “Everton’s Demarai Gray who was substituted early at Manchester City on Sunday, has suffered an abductor injury.

“Early indications suggest the winger could be out for up to six weeks.”

Unlucky Everton

The Toffees now have four key players out injured, with Gray joining Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and Abdoulaye Doucoure on the treatment table, and Rafa Benitez will be very worried.

The former Leicester City forward is very crucial to Everton’s counter-attacking style of play due to his speed, and it was not shocking to see them struggle against Pep Guardiola’s men.

Gray was unavailable to make his runs at the Man City defence, and he could now miss around eight games.

Everton visit Brentford next Sunday and will also be without Richarlison after the Brazilian picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.

Having lost four and drawn two of their last six games, another injury is the last thing the Toffees need.

Benitez would be forced to call on some of the club youngsters from the look of things, while Salomon Rondon and Cenk Tosun will also be getting plenty of game time.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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