Walcott ruled out for a month

Wednesday, 10 June, 2020 58comments  |  Jump to last

Theo Walcott is set to miss a large part of the restarted 2019-20 season as he recovers from an abdominal operation.

The winger joins an expanding list of players who will not be available for the upcoming derby in 10 days' time and he is likely to be out until mid-July following surgery to correct a problem that developed during training.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Yerry Mina were already sidelined with injury and it has been reported that André Gomes is a slight doubt to make the first game because of a muscle strain that will prevent him from training this week.

“Theo Walcott is set to miss the restart of the Premier League season after undergoing surgery," a statement from Everton read.

“The 31-year-old Everton forward had abdominal surgery on Monday evening, having developed symptoms following the first team's return to training.

“He has now started his rehabilitation under the care of the club's medical team and is expected to make a return to training in four weeks.”


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:13:05
Dropping like flies.
Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:29:42
I've heard 8 players are now injured but, once we've got enough points on the board, then it should be already all about next season for Ancelotti.
Nathan Ford
3 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:31:56
Not ideal but hopefully this pushes management to give Moise Kean and Anthony Gordon a few more chances before the end of the season. Fingers crossed one of them grasps the opportunity with both hands.
Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:32:06
"Abdominal surgery" doesn't sound like an injury, unless he got hurt doing situps.

Maybe he blew an appendix?

Sam Hoare
5 Posted 10/06/2020 at 18:35:03
I wonder if this will mean moving Richarlison to the right and playing Kean up front. Either that or give Gordon or Iwobi a go on the right; though both are better on the left.
Dave Southword
6 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:07:47
Indeed Mike - I can't think of an injury where it is framed in terms of having symptoms.

Difficult to blame the medical department for this one, although I expect that won't stop some from trying!

Tony Hill
7 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:09:40
And so it continues. Any appearance from Walcott is a rarity.
Jay Harris
8 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:11:27
Who said we werent jinxed with injuries.
Colin Glassar
9 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:28:10
No big deal. He's rubbish anyway. I'm surprised Iwobi hasn't fallen over and injured himself yet.
David Thomas
10 Posted 10/06/2020 at 19:58:09
Sums it up well, Colin.
Dan Nulty
11 Posted 10/06/2020 at 20:11:48
Bit unsure about this, he was starting to play a bit better under Ancelotti. Does give someone else a chance though.

I like Iwobi, I think the big issue we have had is in centre-midfield. Better quality and consistency there and I think Iwobi plays far better.

Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 10/06/2020 at 20:14:32
Sam, Richarliosn and Calvert-Lewin were playing so well together, I'd be astonished if Carlo broke them up.

My best guess? Sidibé on the right, in front of Coleman. Unless one of them gets hurt this week.

Tony Everan
13 Posted 10/06/2020 at 20:36:50
Thank god the hospitals have got spare capacity; with our lot, they'll need it.
Paul Birmingham
14 Posted 10/06/2020 at 21:42:09
Sadly it seems that Theo has become our sick note but he's not alone.

Jean-Philipe Gbamin excluded, but we have so many players who still seem to routinely get injured every other month.

Compared to other clubs, it would be interesting to see who's had the most consistent injury born damage to their squads these last 10 years.

Theo won't be missed in any case. Let's hope there's no more before the RS game.

Pat Kelly
15 Posted 10/06/2020 at 21:49:33
Mark Andersson
16 Posted 10/06/2020 at 22:03:32
Let's hope Carlo has a plan to finally put one over the reds.

Time to bring out our kids they have everything to play for.

Christy Ring
17 Posted 10/06/2020 at 22:26:07
So was he not training for the last 3 months?
Minik Hansen
18 Posted 10/06/2020 at 22:35:56
Iwobi, I believe, is in the middle, behind the striker.
Robert Tressell
19 Posted 10/06/2020 at 22:39:21
Not too fussed that Walcott is missing for this horrible game. Sidibé will be no worse as a stand-in and possibly offers more anyway. After that, it will be good if Gordon is given the opportunity to make that right-wing spot his. Kean and Davies to also get plenty of minutes too, I hope.
Tom Bowers
20 Posted 10/06/2020 at 23:04:53
It's been a crap season (what else is new?) and the quicker they finish it off, the better. Getting players injured and they haven't yet resumed is a bad joke.

Walcott, sadly, has been basically a disappointment since coming to Everton. I was hoping some of these ''disappointing'' players would be able to prove something to Carlo but I am beginning to believe Carlo will need to bring in his own choices for the next season.

Everton really have nothing to play for this season except maybe some ''derby match'' pride and delaying RS's celebration for some other opponent.

Fran Mitchell
21 Posted 10/06/2020 at 23:05:37
I fully expect a whole host of injuries. We'll be playing with the U23s at this rate.

No Walcott will mean more chances for Gordon and maybe a couple of others, so good.

Against Liverpool, I expect Sidibé or 3-5-2.

Alan J Thompson
22 Posted 11/06/2020 at 05:06:23
Still training with swords then?
Mick Conalty
23 Posted 11/06/2020 at 09:19:30
Looks like some of the players are on the beach already. Sorry, lads, the only beach you will get to this year is Ainsdale.
Sukhdev Sohal
24 Posted 11/06/2020 at 12:26:38
Even though I don't rate Walcott, he is better than Iwobi who I cannot stand. Just the thought of having him in the right wing makes me sick.
David Connor
25 Posted 11/06/2020 at 12:37:10
Another expensive crock we need to offload ASAP. Ask yourself one question: Would you buy him?

Looks like we are stuck with him then... Shit!

Jerome Shields
26 Posted 11/06/2020 at 13:04:54
I think Sidibé will be pushed forward into Walcott's role, the problem is who to put in front of Seamus. Kenny would have been ideal.

Midfield is going to be a nightmare with few available to play in it. Gordon or Iowbi seem the only options.

Jay Harris
28 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:09:49
Now Delph...

Where will it end?

Brent Stephens
29 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:12:33
Delph injured? Is the pope a catholic?
Christy Ring
30 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:34:57
When was Delph ever fit? Even at Man City, he was constantly injured. How Brands & Silva gave him a 3-year contract, and a bigger salary than at Man City, really mystified me.
Tony Hill
31 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:37:55
Isn't Gomes also nursing an injury? It is extraordinary.
Brian Murray
32 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:41:16
We have exhausted different combinations with Delph, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin etc and failed miserably. Nothing to lose except a meaningless derby, so throw Gordon and Baningime in. Plus we need to find out if Simms is the real deal to save us a lot of time and expense.
Sam Hoare
33 Posted 11/06/2020 at 15:46:15
I thought there was some sense in getting Delph but his injury record has been chronic.

Gonna be Davies and Banigime in the derby at this rate.

Crazy to pick up 5 injuries in 2 weeks during light contact training. Sounds churlish to say but are they being warmed up properly?!

Brian Wilkinson
34 Posted 11/06/2020 at 16:45:41
In other news, it seems we are sniffing at getting Zouma in on loan when the transfer window reopens, Chelsea looking for around 㿀 Million, no brainer for me.
Sukhdev Sohal
35 Posted 11/06/2020 at 16:53:59
I hope Sidibé plays instead of Iwobi on the right.
Sam Hoare
36 Posted 11/06/2020 at 17:14:57
Brian, if we could get Zouma for 㿀M, then I'd jump on it. I'd be surprised though. He was probably Chelsea's best centre-back this season and they don't seem to be bringing in anyone else at centre-back so far. Paper gossip I'd imagine.
Jay Harris
37 Posted 11/06/2020 at 17:20:14
Brian I agree Zouma is a young and mobile CB that knows the club, knows the league and can hit the ground running.

IMO he looks a lot better than Todibo and is much less of a risk.

Mike Gaynes
38 Posted 11/06/2020 at 17:32:46
Sam, Zouma was Chelsea's best centre-back this season???

Lemme check my roster. I must have had the shirt numbers mixed up.

The Zouma I saw was adequate, with a couple of serious blunders to spice up the mix. I think he was better for us than for them. And I don't think he cracks our starting lineup.

Alan J #22, I liked that one.

Darren Hind
39 Posted 11/06/2020 at 17:54:44
I can't have Zouma. He was well and truly exposed this season. Ask any Chelsea fan.

I think if we spent 㿀M on him, we would be rubber-stamping our position as the Premier League mugs.

When Chelsea are prepared to sell and none of the other top clubs are interested, alarm bells should be ringing. We can't go on like this... We have got to start applying sound judgement.

Robert Tressell
40 Posted 11/06/2020 at 18:28:19
Rudiger is Chelsea's best centre-back but he's often been injured. Out of Zouma, Christensen and Tomori, Zouma has been the best although the other two are talented. Tomori gets plaudits because he's young, english and scored that one belter but at the moment Zouma is better. He has been exposed but that is possibly Lampard's tactics.

Lampard's a motivator certainly but he's no Mourinho. The team is very open. Zouma for us is an excellent option. He's never going to be world class (like Todibo could be) but a very sound acquisition if we can get him - especially if we inject some pace, energy and aggression into the midfield.

David Connor
41 Posted 11/06/2020 at 18:29:02
Gbamin, Mina, Walcott out. Delph and Gomes picking up knocks. Possibly Bernard and Iwobi next. Every single one of these players were injured when we signed them and have picked up injuries constantly since they signed.

Who the fuck watches these players prior to signing them? Does nobody look at their past fitness record? Every player gets injured but this list are horrendous. What a piss-poor run club.

Walcott and Delph won't be missed anyway as they are crap. Gbamin, we don't know how good or bad he is as we haven't had a chance to judge him. Bernard, Mina and Iwobi are both hit and miss. Gomes best of the lot but doesn't produce enough for all his qualities. Mass clear-out needed yet again, folks. Good luck, Carlo.

Jerome Shields
42 Posted 11/06/2020 at 18:34:23
Sam #33

It is crazy to pick up 5 injuries in 2 weeks. I was concerned with the enforced lockdown break.

Everton training during previous breaks did not produce a fit and motivated Everton. I also have had concerns about recovery and rehabilitation programs at Everton.

The coming weeks are going to need a well-prepared Everton.

Ian Bennett
43 Posted 11/06/2020 at 19:00:43
Christ, 5 injuries already and they've not even started.

German experience has injuries that have shot up hugely, so expect patched-up sides all the way.

Could be an argument to get enough points to stay up, and then save the players for a strong showing next season.

Jerome Shields
44 Posted 11/06/2020 at 20:58:45
Ian #43,

The sole aim should be to stay up and, by the end of the season, Everton will be glad of that.

Mike Gaynes
45 Posted 12/06/2020 at 00:54:33
Wow, sumpin's really wrong here. I'm disagreeing with Sam and Robert and agreeing with... Darren?!?!

But we're on the right side of this one. As I've said before, nobody here would even be considering Zouma if he hadn't played for us before. And he wouldn't even be a starter here, just a deputy behind Holgate and Mina.

Sukhdev Sohal
46 Posted 12/06/2020 at 12:10:12
David did you really just say Iwobi is hit and miss but Walcott is crap? Walcott is not good but Iwobi is probably the worst player I have seen in an Everton shirt for 15 years or something? He can't even beat a man with dribbling. Coleman goes past 4 or 5 people sometimes.
Sean McCarthy
48 Posted 12/06/2020 at 20:04:09
Walcott 㿀M and Tosun 㿇M... Thanks for that, Sam!!

As for Walcott and Delph being out, seriously does anyone really think we're going to miss either of these two wasters? And when the likes of Iwobi and Sidibé are the 'best' replacements it shows just how piss-poor the squad is!!

Sam Hoare
49 Posted 12/06/2020 at 20:51:24
Darren @39;

I live in SouthWest London and know loads of Chelsea fans. Zouma is definitely divisive but at least half of them rate him their best centre-back and don't want him sold.

Mike @45, I rated Zouma long before he came to us. He's better than Mina currently, he wins more headers, has much better acceleration and is better positionally.

He's certainly not perfect and is not a great organiser or leader; but 㿀M for a rapid centre-back who knows the league and our club well and has his best years ahead of him makes sense to me. Won't happen though as, despite Darren's thoughts, I reckon Lampard rates him highly and he's probably in their starting XI currently.

Oh, and when I said he was the best this season, I meant statistically. He was their highest-rated centre-back on who scored which I know will mean nothing to the stats haters.

David Thomas
50 Posted 12/06/2020 at 20:58:42
I'm not Zouma's biggest fan but he'd walk into our team ahead of Mina.
Frank Crewe
51 Posted 13/06/2020 at 10:57:56
Saw Walcott on "Question of Sport" yesterday. Surprised he didn't sprain his finger pushing his buzzer button.
Martin Nicholls
52 Posted 13/06/2020 at 11:30:42
If Zouma had "done a Schneiderlin" by starting well then going downhill, rather than the other way round (poorish start followed by strong finish to the season), I doubt many on here would want him back. For my part, I would have taken him back last summer, but not now.
Sukhdev Sohal
53 Posted 13/06/2020 at 18:46:23
I hope Sidibé comes in at right-back and we go to a 3-5-2. If Iwobi comes in, we are screwed.
Justin Doone
54 Posted 13/06/2020 at 00:05:48
Walcott has never had the stomach for it... He's failed to fulfil his potential, as he did at Arsenal, with pace his only real asset.

Realistically, Carlo will go defensive and play Sidibé as right midfielder which is probably a safe and sensible decision on paper as he's a better crosser.

The reality is, as average as Walcott is, he has improved his work rate in tracking back and, other than moving Richarlison across, we have no better alternative.

I'd love to go 3-4-1-2 and play a much faster attacking tempo but we don't have the players for it. We lack the pace in defence and midfield.

We don't want Liverpool to embarrass us again and some players are playing for their futures. Sadly, I already know what their futures should be but I'd be amazed if we got rid of the amount of players that we should.

The players have only pride to play for and, without the crowd and a manager who will give his all on the sidelines, I can only see one winner.

Don Alexander
55 Posted 14/06/2020 at 00:40:46
The Moshiri era has been a playing, costing, and winning disaster that began for us the moment the Premier League began in 1992, us, at the time, being one of the big six clubs who devised it.

And who is the only boardroom member of OUR club who's been in post throughout? Maybe there's more than a link? Just asking.

Terry White
56 Posted 14/06/2020 at 03:55:58
Good to have you back, Don (#55) and immediately returning to your anti-Bill Kenwright mode. Can't you give it a break? Just asking.
Tony Abrahams
57 Posted 14/06/2020 at 08:42:53
I've got to agree with Terry, Don, because I was feeling alright, but now I can't get that image of Kenwright above the ticket office on Goodison Road out of my mind.

I'm sure Bill wants to bow-out when we finally win a trophy but feel we would have a much better chance if he bowed out now.

So take a bow please, Mr Kenwright, take the accolades off a few and take your profits, then take a seat in the stand and sit alongside us, and hopefully we can stop watching Everton playing to exist and watch them start existing to win again.

This will help us take pride in your finest achievement, Bill, because EitC have helped a lot of people, especially during the pandemic, so let this be your legacy and something which will be celebrated even more once Everton start winning things again.

John Davies
58 Posted 14/06/2020 at 13:16:16
Justin Doone #54. You're spot on. Wallcott has NEVER had the stomach for it. The lad's a complete sicknote & must be one of the top earners in the world based on pounds paid for minutes played.
Add to that the fact he actually isn't very good & you have to accept he's done rather well for himself by NOT playing football for the last 10 years plus. We'll not miss him.
Jeff Holt
59 Posted 14/06/2020 at 13:35:41
Isn't Walcott being injured a bonus?
John Davies
60 Posted 30/06/2020 at 13:37:53
Not a big fan of Moise Kean, but we should give him a run until the end of the season. Let's see what happens.

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