Alex Iwobi was in tears after being stretchered off in Everton’s 3-1 defeat at Man United on Friday to give under-fire Frank Lampard a serious injury ahead of the crucial Premier League clash with Saints
Alex Iwobi left the field in tears after sustaining an injury in a tackle on Tyrell Malacia on Friday night.
The Nigerian midfielder was stretchered off after apparently injuring his ankle in a challenge from the Dutch left-back, giving manager Frank Lampard a major injury blow.
The Toffees next face Southampton after their 3-1 defeat at Manchester United on Friday – which saw banners unfurled calling for the board to be removed – as the pressure continues to build on Lampard after a series of bad results.
Alex Iwobi left the field in tears after picking up a suspected ankle injury on Friday night
With the sides locked at 1-1 after the break at Old Trafford, Everton will look to put early pressure on the hosts in the FA Cup third round.
However, as Iwobi chased a long ball down the right side of the pitch as part of an Everton counter attack, he was tackled by Malacia.
And when asked after the game about the extent of the injury, Lampard said: ‘It’s ankle ligament damage. We’re hoping it’s a lesser one but I don’t know its extent. He left on crutches.’
The challenge did not result in a free-kick for the Toffees, with the former Feyenoord defender winning the ball cleanly in the tackle.
Iwobi sprained his ankle after a challenge from Manchester United left-back Tyrell Malacia
The injury was done after the midfielder sprained his ankle, and he was in clear and obvious pain on the field.
His team-mates rushed to surround him and ascertain the extent of the injury, with club captain Seamus Coleman one of the first on the scene to help his colleague.
The former Arsenal star was quick to signal his discomfort, and the Toffees’ medical team rushed onto the field as he covered his face with his shirt.
Frank Lampard’s side are next in action against Southampton in an early relegation battle
The severity of the injury is not yet clear, although it appears he will not be fit in time to face Southampton on Saturday, January 14 in what looks to be an early relegation battle.
Iwobi has been one of the Toffees’ key players in 2022-23, with six assists and a goal in 21 games under Lampard in the campaign so far.
The 26-year-old is under contract until 2024, having signed for Everton from boyhood club Arsenal in 2019 for £26.7million.
The 26-year-old Nigerian midfielder has starred at times this season with six assists and a goal