A sports injury expert has delivered his verdict on Lucas Digne after the Everton left-back sustained a recurring injury while away with France on international duty.
Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis, was running the rule over Digne after the Everton man had withdrawn from the France squad with a “minor hamstring injury”, as reported by Everton.
It is not the first time the French left-back has suffered a hamstring issue in his time at Everton, and the recurrence of the injury is a concerning prospect for Everton fans.
Speaking to Football Insider, Dinnery has predicted Digne will miss around three weeks of action – but warned that such an injury could resurface in the future if an underlying cause is not adequately addressed.
It was an early call,” Dinnery noted.
“I understand the problem is he reported some discomfort in his hamstring on Wednesday.
“He wasn’t involved in the first game then he returned to Finch Farm. There was no chance he could make the game.
“That’s a big worry. What we do know is Digne was already coming back from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Euros.
“That injury lasted a month, so given the fact we have a quick turnaround for the next game, it’s difficult to see him involved at the weekend.
“The average time out for a hamstring injury is 17 or 18 days. The big problem is they do have a high reoccurrence rate.
“Some research suggests in that period there is a 25% chance of the player suffering another injury.
“That can then extend the period on the sidelines by another week or so and then you are looking at a month out.
“Benitez will need to manage him after that problem in the summer and it’s difficult to see him involved at this point.”
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The news is certainly a frustrating development for Evertonians who will be rueing the loss of the vital 28-year-old for potentially another month.
Nipping the underlying causes of such an injury in the bud is important; indeed, keeping Digne out for a month could be a small price to pay for long-term injury stability.