Ivory Coast international Jean-Philippe Gbamin is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks his Premier League club Everton revealed on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old midfielder — signed from Bundesliga outfit Mainz for a reported £25 million ($31million) in the close season — has a right thigh injury which prevented him from playing in last Friday’s 2-0 defeat by Aston Villa.
“Everton Football Club can confirm that Jean-Philippe Gbamin has sustained a tendon injury in his right quadriceps muscle, which will keep the midfielder out of action for at least eight weeks,” Everton said in a statement.
“The full timescale for the injury will be established following further investigations this week,” Everton added.
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“The club are in communication with leading experts around Europe to ensure the optimal outcome.”
Gbamin — who represented France at every age level including Under-21 before opting to play for his country of birth — signed a five-year contract with Everton on August 2, filling the void left by Idrissa Gueye’s move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
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Gbamin began his career at French outfit Lens before joining Mainz in 2016, where he made 86 league appearances and scored three goals.