Alex Iwobi leaves the field IN TEARS after being stretchered off in Everton’s 3-1 defeat to Man United on Friday to hand under-fire Frank Lampard a major injury blow ahead of crucial Premier League clash with Saints
- Alex Iwobi picked up an injury shortly after the break against Manchester United
- The 26-year-old has been one of Everton’s key performers with six assists so far
- Frank Lampard’s side are next in action against fellow strugglers Southampton
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Alex Iwobi left the field in tears after suffering an injury in a tackle with Tyrell Malacia on Friday evening.
The Nigerian midfielder was stretchered off after seeming to injury his ankle in a challenge from the Dutch left-back, handing manager Frank Lampard a hefty injury blow.
The Toffees take on Southampton next after their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Friday – which saw banners unfurled calling for the board to be sacked – as the pressure continues to build on Lampard after a string of poor 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 looked to put early pressure on the hosts in the FA Cup third round tie.
However, as Iwobi chased a long ball through on the right-hand side of the pitch as part of an Everton counter attack, he was tackled by Malacia.
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 went over his ankle after a challenge from Manchester United left-back Tyrell Malacia
The damage was done after the midfielder went over his ankle, and he was in clear and evident pain on the field.
His team-mates rushed to surround him and ascertain the severity of the injury, with club captain Seamus Coleman one of the first to the scene to assist his colleague.
The former Arsenal star was quick to indicate his discomfort, and the Toffees’ medical team rushed on to 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 as yet unclear, although it would appear unlikely that he will 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 a £26.7million fee.
The 26-year-old Nigerian midfielder has starred at times this season with six assists and a goal
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