By George Overhill

20th Nov, 2022 | 7:40am

Tom Davies misses Celtic with injury blow at worst time, Everton career may be over

Tom Davies may have played his last game for Everton already after a knee injury on the tour of Australia ruined his chances of impressing Frank Lampard, and puts his season in jeopardy.

The midfielder picked up a knee problem in training before the Toffees’ 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Celtic overnight and is now set for a scan back in England to determine the severity of the problem in what the Liverpool Echo calls a “significant blow”.

Davies, 24, was due to be involved in the games against the Bhoys and Western Sydney Wanderers as he looks to impress Frank Lampard and stake a claim for further involvement in the first team this season.

But he will now lose that opportunity thanks to the injury picked up a training session prior to the match, which ended 0-0.

Davies has only played 20 minutes in the league since the manager settled on his preferred midfield line up of Alex Iwobi, Idrissa Gueye and Amadou Onana following the close of the transfer window.

He has made a total of eight appearances in all competitions this season, and played the full 90 minutes of the 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat at Bournemouth that led to Lampard publicly criticising his fringe players.

This Australian tour was a major opportunity for players not currently getting regular minutes for Everton, and having been a part of the cup defeat that did nothing to further his claim to unseat one of the three regular starters this will be particularly frustrating for him.

Clearly, he will have to hope that his knee problem is not serious and that he isn’t set to miss significant time but recent history is unfortunately not on his side in that regard.

With his contract at Goodison expiring he doesn’t have much time to convince the club that he is worth an extension, and if he is out for an extended period the miserable outing at Bournemouth could even be the final time he wears a Blues shirt.

For someone who has played 167 times for the Toffees since breaking into the first team it would be a highly disappointing end to his Everton career, but this injury has come at the worst time.

It is especially concerning considering Davies missed the vast majority of last season with a knee injury as well, meaning he only managed a total of eight appearances across the entire campaign.

Having been a regular fixture in the side prior to that the past season and a half have been a major struggle, and the next few months are now a definite concern as well for the academy product.