Eliaquim Mangala Could Be Sidelined For The Rest Of The Season


Everton’s new loan signing Eliaquim Mangala could be sidelined for the rest of the season with the “long-term” knee injury he suffered against Crystal Palace on 10 February.

The 26-year-old joined the Toffees on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season on January transfer deadline day, but limped out of the 3-1 win over Palace at Goodison Park with knee ligament damage just 10 days later.

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And Everton manager Allardyce says Mangala has suffered a “long-term” injury, prompting fears the France defender could miss the rest of the Premier League campaign.

“Mangala, that looks like it could be long-term, which is a great shame for him and for us because I think he was a very good addition to us,” Allardyce told Everton TV.

Mangala, who joined City from Porto in 2014 in a £32m deal, has struggled to secure a regular first-team place at the Etihad Stadium under manager Pep Guardiola, and spent the second half of last season on loan at La Liga side Valenica.

Allardyce hopes defender Seamus Coleman, who suffered a muscle injury against Palace, will be fit for Everton’s Premier League game against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, a match which will be shown live on BT Sport 1 [kick off 5.30pm].

“Seamus Coleman, we hope, will be fit very quickly and, if we can get Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines back in the squad quickly, then we are stronger in terms of our selection,” the former England manager continued.

In other news, Allardyce says he hopes last week’s warm-weather training camp at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex in Dubai will help new £27m signing Cenk Tosun to acclimatise to life in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old joined Everton from Besiktas during the January transfer window to become Allardyce’s first signing since succeeding Ronald Koeman, but has looked off the pace so far during his 141 minutes of Premier League football.

“It’s not just Cenk, it’s all the lads who haven’t been playing on a regular basis because they get the extra training,” Allardyce said.

“The lads who’ve played get some lighter training and the lads who have been injured get lots of sessions in so they can try and recover from injury as quick as they can.

“But, yes, it will give Cenk a better understanding of the players he’s playing with and give his teammates a better understanding of his qualities.

“There’s many a player who’s come and struggled in the Premier League in the beginning and then been a huge success later on.”