Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi has now sent an eight-word message to fans.

The ‘special’ 26-year-old had to be withdrawn from last week’s 4-0 defeat at Aston Villa with a suspected hamstring injury.

However, the Nigerian international appears determined to come back stronger from the ‘minor setback’ and has sent a message to Everton fans via his social media.

Everton FC v Fulham FC - Premier League
Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

Taking to Twitter, Iwobi said: “Minor Setbacks For Major Comebacks, So They Say…”

While it remains unclear exactly how long Iwobi will be unavailable for, the cryptic nature of his tweet suggests he could be back on the pitch sooner than expected.

Alex Iwobi injury further nullifies already limited creative output for Everton

The 27-year-old is one of Everton’s most creative players and as Sean Dyche is already without last season’s top goalscorer Dwight McNeil, Iwobi’s absence could not have come at a worse time.

However, referring to his injury as a ‘minor setback’ could indicate he will be fit again sooner rather than later, though fans will have to wait for confirmation of that.

While the transfer window remains open, Everton must back Sean Dyche with reinforcements needed in more than one key area.

It is no secret that Everton need a centre-forward and a deal for Southampton’s Che Adams seems to be gathering pace, but ideally Sean Dyche would want him available for Saturday’s game against Wolves and that is looking unlikely.

Gillingham v Southampton: Carabao Cup
Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images

Defensive frailties have also been apparent in the last two weeks with five goals conceded in the opening fortnight of the Premier League, and a centre-back is a must before deadline day.

Meanwhile, Sean Dyche will need attacking cover in Iwobi’s absence, and with a proposed deal for Leeds United’s Wilfried Gnonto seemingly dead in the water, the Blues will have to look elsewhere.

With little over a week until deadline day and a must-win game against Wolves this weekend, how Everton navigate what remains of August could determine their whole season.

Related Topics