Everton’s injury woes show no sign of easing after midfielder James Garner was sidelined for two months with a back problem.
The 21-year-old, signed from Manchester United in the summer in a £9million deal, has made just one start in his seven appearances – the Carabao Cup defeat at Bournemouth.
He was left behind when the club traveled to Australia for the Sydney Super Cup and manager Frank Lampard has revealed the player will be absent for an extended period.
“He’ll probably be back in late January or early February. It’s a disappointing injury,” he told evertontv.
Fellow midfielder Tom Davies flew back from Australia early after suffering a knee problem in training, while injury-prone defender Yerry Mina pulled a hamstring in the game against Celtic.
Lampard hopes the pair are fit to resume the Premier League campaign on Boxing Day.
“Tom is around three weeks old which is a positive result as we were worried about him. Yerry is similar, three to four weeks,” he added.
Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed Everton’s final league game before the World Cup with lingering knee problems that kept him out for the first two months of the season, while winger Andros Townsend is long absent following anterior cruciate ligament surgery last season.
Everton, whose average ticket price is the third lowest in the Premier League, have also announced a 10 per cent increase in their adult season ticket for what is likely to be their last season at Goodison Park before they move to a new stadium in Bramley – Moore-Dock.