Everton have confirmed Alex Iwobi will miss action for the next three weeks after injuring his ligament during the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, Abbeylivenetwork.com reports.
he 26-year-old Nigeria international was withdrawn early in the second half during the third-round fixture at Old Trafford after falling awkwardly following a challenge from defender Tyrell Malacia.
After the fixture, Everton manager Frank Lampard said the Super Eagle will have to undergo a scan to reveal the extent of the injury. On Sunday, the Toffees released a statement indicating Iwobi had suffered a lateral ligament injury that will be managed by the club’s medical team at Finch Farm.
Based on the medical report released by the Toffees on Sunday, Iwobi is not expected to return to action until February 4 when Everton face off with his former employers Arsenal in a Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
Manager Frank Lampard will not be able to call upon the Hale End Academy product for the Premier League matches against Southampton (January 14) and West Ham United (January 21).
If Iwobi’s rehabilitation goes according to plan, the injury will not prevent him from linking up with the Nigeria squad for their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches with Guinea-Bissau in March.