Everton’s form is finally starting to turn around, and Marco Silva’s efforts to maintain the high-spirits against Newcastle United have been given a huge boost by a major injury update coming out of St James’ Park.
The Mirror are reporting that influential midfielder Sean Longstaff has seen his season brought to an end in March after the England U21 international suffered knee ligament damage in his side’s defeat to West Ham United.
Longstaff only made his first-team debut for the Magpies in December, but quickly established himself in Rafa Benitez’s side with superb ball control and a cool-headed approach.
Without the 21-year-old, it will be hard for Newcastle to have the same balance in the heart of midfield as his partnership with Isaac Hayden has been allowing the likes of Ayoze Perez and Miguel Almiron to push on to support Salomon Rondon.
Depending on who Benitez replaces the midfielder with, the Spaniard’s decision could open the door for Silva to capitalise with a more free-flowing passing game through the centre of the field and see the best of Gylfi Sigurdsson, like he did at Cardiff.
A return for Andre Gomes to the starting XI may also be a possibility after he was dropped to the bench for the Merseyside Derby.