English Premier League side Everton have received a big blow to their upcoming season after it emerged that their Centre back Funes Mori will be out of the rest of the Premier League campaign after undergoing a further surgery on a knee injury.
Mori played in 26 games last season under Koeman before suffering his knee ligament injury in March this year, while he was on duty for Argentina. He underwent a surgery the next day to correct the meniscus tear in his knee.
He remained on the sideline for the rest of the season and the Toffees were hoping he would recover in time for the new season however with the news of a further operation in the knee has now given the club and the manager a major blow to deal with.
The Everton defender has undergone a second operation on his knee injury in Barcelona and will now need an elongated recovery period which is expected to last a minimum of between six and nine months, implying he is set to completely miss the entire 2017/18 season.
Mori’s teammate Ross Barkley will also accompany him in the physio room to some extent after the English international too went under the knife for a groin problem that has halted his pre-season warm up with Everton.
The 23-year-old who was linked with a big money move to Tottenham Hotspur has already missed Everton’s pre-season matches in Tanzania and Netherlands and could also be sidelined for further one month.
The midfielder will miss the club’s Europa League third-round qualifier match and the Premier League opener against Stoke City in the mean time.
Everton have been busy in the transfer market this season and have already added the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane and Sandro Ramirez into their squad but now with such major setback manager Koeman could again pull out the cheque book to sign a backup defender to maintain the squad balance.