Everton midfielder James McCarthy’s groin injury looks set to keep him out for a further three weeks.
The Republic of Ireland international was heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park on transfer deadline day, with Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Brom all thought to have made inquiries.
However, Everton rebuffed all offers for McCarthy despite him facing a struggle to force his way into Ronald Koeman’s plans, according to reports.
McCarthy’s plight has not been helped by the news he needed to undergo minor surgery on a groin problem.
The procedure was always going to keep him out of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Serbia and Everton’s next Premier League game at Sunderland on September 12 but he now is going to be out for a further two weeks at least.