Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu will miss the rest of the season due to a fractured ankle.
The Spaniard was substituted during the second half against Leeds on Tuesday evening due to the problem.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed the injury suffered in that 3-0 defeat at Elland Road will require the 29-year-old to undergo surgery next week.
‘Ori Romeu’s season is over. He will have surgery on Monday, which means three months out.
‘He has a fracture on his ankle and definitely the season is over for him.’ Hasenhuttl confirmed during a pre-match press conference.
The Spanish midfielder has timed up 20 Premier League appearances this season, and his physical issue is an enormous blow for a Southampton side that are without a class win in their last eight games.
Hasenhuttl likewise affirmed that Takumi Minamino will miss Monday night’s conflict at Everton.
‘Taki has a slight hamstring problem but can maybe come back next week as it’s not a big injury.
‘We rested him from the beginning (at Leeds) because we knew three games in a week would be too much for him having not played much, but then it was very slippery and after his first movement he struggled with his hamstring.
‘He finished the game as we couldn’t change anymore (players), but it’s not perfect. Also Diallo, Kyle Walker-Peters, Theo (Walcott), Obafemi and Smallbone are also injured.’
Southampton are currently 14th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.