By Pranav Shahaney

13th Sep, 2022 | 7:10am

There is a chance that Andros Townsend may have played his final game for Everton as he is recuperating from a long-term injury.

When the former Newcastle winger was signed on a free transfer under Rafa Benitez last summer, many viewed his arrival as a short-term fix.

Due to the club’s financial constraints, few batted an eyelid as they knew that the Spaniard would bring the best of the player he’s previously worked with.

As Everton did not strengthen their eleven a great deal, Townsend, 31, did get his chances in the eleven and had few moments of brilliance.

It can be argued that the goal he scored against Burnley, which was deemed “World-class” by Owen Hargreaves, may have been the highlight of his Goodison Park stint.

Now, Townsend hasn’t kicked a ball since last season, and according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, he is not expected to return until football resumes after the World Cup.

His expected return date is 1 January 2023 – which means that he’ll be available once the transfer window opens.

He appeared to be on his way out this summer as well with Fanatik reporting on 7 September that Turkish side Trabzonspor made a late offer to sign him.

There’s a good chance that once he returns from his ACL injury, Everton could look to cash in on him as it will be the last window they can get something from him as his contract expires next summer.

Signing Dwight McNeil and pursuits of other attackers this summer means that the club are planning for the long term and a 31-year-old returning from a lengthy injury layoff may not be the ideal solution.