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Everton's Funes Mori set to miss rest of season with knee injury

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Everton's Funes Mori set to miss rest of season with knee injury

Argentina's Ramiro Funes Mori vies for the ball with Bolivia's defender Ronald Raldes during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier

JORGE BERNAL

AFP

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury playing for Argentina and joins Seamus Coleman as a casualty of the international break.

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury playing for Argentina.

Funes Mori was stretchered off with a torn meniscus in the first half of Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in La Paz earlier this week.

The centre-back is unlikely to return from the injury before the end of Everton's Premier League campaign.

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injured

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injuredRepublic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injured

Everton statement

"It has been confirmed that the defender suffered a torn meniscus in Argentina's 2-0 defeat to Bolivia on Tuesday evening," Everton said in a statement on Thursday.

"He will have a surgical opinion next week but the initial diagnosis suggests the 26-year-old is likely to be out of action for the rest of the campaign."

It is another blow for Everton manager Ronald Koeman ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby against Liverpool.

Ramiro Funes Mori takes part during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires before the Bolivia game.

Ramiro Funes Mori takes part during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires before the Bolivia game.

Everton injury crisis

Everton had already lost right-back Seamus Coleman for several months with a double fracture of his leg playing for the Republic of Ireland against Wales last week.

Republic and Everton midfielder James McCarthy aggravated a hamstring injury in the warm-up to that game and may not be fit to feature against Liverpool.

Everton are currently seventh in the Premier League, six points behind fourth placed Liverpool, as they battle to qualify for Europe.

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