Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to miss the remainder of the domestic season, but should be fit to feature for Iceland at the World Cup finals this summer.
The 28-year-old, who has had an inconsistent first season at Goodison Park, sustained a knee problem in the 2-0 Premier League victory at home to Brighton last Saturday.
And, while the Toffees have not revealed the exact nature of the injury, they have a set a 6-8 week period which they expect their player to be sidelined for.
Should he return in that timescale, Sigurdsson is likely to have plenty of time left to regain full fitness to feature for Iceland in their first-ever appearance at the World Cup finals.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce told the club's official website: "We'll continue to assess Gylfi's progress on a week-to-week basis.
"The medical team will work very closely with him, as they would with any injured player, to get him back playing as quickly as possible."
Playmaker Sigurdsson has scored six goals in 33 appearances for the Merseysiders following his £45million arrival from Premier League rivals Swansea City last summer.
He has also played in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur, having impressed in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim between the summers of 2010 and 2012.
Everton, minus Sigurdsson, are back in action on Saturday when they head to the Potteries to take on a Stoke City side who are currently in the relegation zone.
The Toffees are unbeaten in their last four meetings with the Potters and are 17/10 to claim all three points on Saturday, with the draw priced at 9/4 and a 1-1 final scoreline 11/2.
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