The injury that Ashley Williams suffered in Pasadena last Monday has required surgery that the Welsh international underwent in Los Angeles this weekend.
Williams was forced out of the goalless draw with Mexico after just 20 minutes, with subsequent x-rays showing that he sustained two fractures to two ribs which punctured and collapsed a lung.
A version of the article appeared in the December issue of the Everton Magazine
Jordan Pickford is only the fourth Everton goalkeeper to represent England at senior level. Immediately before him came two Everton greats in Gordon West and Ted Sagar. Blazing a trail for them all was the remarkable Benjamin Howard-Baker.
Wayne Rooney could seal his proposed move to Major League Soccer as soon as Monday with Sky Sports reporting that he is close to finalising a deal with DC United.
The 32-year-old has been the subject of interest from the MLS club for the past year and they stepped up their efforts to lure him across The Pond towards the end of the season just gone.
The 2018 close season has already offered a fresh start and some optimism for Evertonians following the appointment of Marcel Brands and Marco Silva. Now the new management team needs time and backing to effect the big changes needed.
As Evertonians know all too well, this summer was supposed to be one of fine-tuning a rebuilt Everton team and adding the final pieces of quality in order to mount a bona fide challenge for a place in the top four.
While there was a number of Everton players who featured to varying degrees at the 2014 World Cup, this time the Blues will have just three representatives at the tournament… that is unless they don’t buy any participating players between now and mid-July, of course!