Everton are set to be without midfielder James McCarthy for the rest of the season after he suffered a serious leg injury in the 1-1 draw with West Brom.
The Republic of Ireland international had to be stretchered off after an hour of the game at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, having sustained the injury in a challenge with Albion striker Salomon Rondon.
It's a loss to us from now until the end of the season.
And Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is expecting McCarthy to be absent for the remainder of the campaign, as he told reporters: "I think it's a compound fracture which is a nasty injury, so we'll need to get James back to fitness.
"It's a loss to us from now until the end of the season, it happens in the game of football, but not often that severe.
"It was our own fault and our own stupid play in that area. James recovered brilliantly to stop a goal, but suffered because of it."
Meanwhile, Allardyce was less than impressed with the overall performance of his side, who earned a point thanks to a goal from substitute Oumar Niasse, with the striker finding the net less than a minute after replacing Cenk Tosun.
He added in an interview with BBC Sport: "It was difficult to watch that. I see a lack of confidence due to recent results.
"It's my job to keep pushing the players, but there were a lot of nerves out there which caused lots of misplaced passes.
"Some of our decisions were not the right ones and it's our job to sort out those decisions in the minds of the players."
Everton are not back in action until Wednesday January 31st, when they welcome Leicester City to Merseyside.
The Toffees are 9/5 to win that game, with the draw priced at 11/5, while Everton are 8/1 to claim a 1-0 victory over the Foxes.
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