Everton midfielder Muhamed Bešić has confirmed via social media he'll be sidelined for six months after suffering a serious knee injury during Wayne Rooney's testimonial match at Old Trafford in midweek.
Besic unfortunate with serious injuries
The 23-year-old Bosnian, who joined the Toffees from Ferencvaros for £4million pounds two summers ago, has been unfortunate with injuries to say the least.
Last season, a hamstring injury sustained against Chelsea in September kept him out of action for four months, and with competition for places in midfield as fierce as they are, it seems he could struggle for much first-team minutes after making a full recovery during the business months of Ronald Koeman's first season in charge at Goodison Park.
Gueye's opportunity becomes clearer
It seems inevitable that Koeman may make more acquisitions before the window is over, and Idrissa Gueye - a £7.1m signing from Aston Villa - will have a higher opportunity to stake a first-team claim next term.
Bešić said he's "devastated" by his latest setback, but the warm support shown from both club supporters and fellow team-mates will undoubtedly help boost his spirits - especially after sustaining a lengthy injury blow just over a week before the new Premier League season begins. His passion and continual drive to keep improving as a player meant he swiftly became a fan favourite with Evertonians, and he'll take pride from the fact he managed to come back stronger from his thigh and hamstring issues last term - featuring on a regular basis after the Christmas period.