By Olly Allen

2nd Dec, 2021 | 8:10pm

Everton striker Salomon Rondon could be sidelined with a hamstring issue

Everton could be without Salomon Rondon for their next Premier League game against Arsenal.

The Colombian striker started Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat against Liverpool, but was forced off just before the hour mark and replaced by Anthony Gordon.

He now faces a race against time to be fit for a potentially crucial game against the Gunners at Goodison Park on Monday night (6 December).

Speaking about Rondon’s injury after the Merseyside derby, Rafa Benitez said [Liverpool Echo]: “Rondon, he was working hard to be fair. He was working really hard, doing well.

“He felt his hamstring but we need to wait and see what the physios are saying.”

Blow for the Toffees

Ironically, Rondon’s performance in the convincing defeat against Liverpool was probably his best in an Everton shirt.

He executed his role well upfront alongside Richarlison, using his physicality to cause problems for the Reds defence.

No player on the pitch at Goodison Park won more aerial duels than Rondon (five), despite him being taken off on 59 minutes [WhoScored].

A Toffees goal still eludes the 32-year-old though, as he is yet to find the net in 11 appearances for the club.  

In Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s continued absence due to injury, a front two of Rondon and Richarlison may have been Rafa Benitez’s best bet against Arsenal.

If the Colombian is not available, then you would expect the Brazilian to start upfront by himself, but that is not the role he is best suited to, preferring to attack down the left hand side.

In other Everton news, one pundit has suggested a current Premier League manager as a replacement for Rafa Benitez.

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