Alex Iwobi is out for three weeks after an ankle ligament injury

Alex Iwobi will be out for three weeks after suffering an ankle ligament injury in Everton’s FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.

The 26-year-old had to be taken off the pitch at Old Trafford on a stretcher after being challenged by Tyrell Malacia.

Iwobi, who has made 21 appearances for Everton this season, was substituted in the 51st minute of the 3-1 defeat.

A statement from the club said: “Alex Iwobi is expected to be out for around three weeks with ankle ligament damage sustained against Manchester United on Friday.

“The Everton midfielder was placed on a stretcher at the start of the second half of the FA Cup match at Old Trafford.

“Saturday’s scan results confirmed a collateral ligament injury which is being treated conservatively by the club’s medical team at Finch Farm.”

Manager Frank Lampard said of Iwobi’s injury after Friday’s final whistle: “We hope it’s not too serious.

“It’s an ankle ligament injury, we’re hoping it’s a minor one. He will have a scan tomorrow to confirm that.”

Everton are next in action on Saturday when they take on the other Premier League contenders from Southampton at Goodison Park.

The Toffees are 18th in the Premier League after collecting 15 points from 18 top-flight games.

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