During the international break, Everton full back Seamus Coleman sufffered a horrendous leg break in Republic of Ireland’s match against nation rivals Wales.
Neil Taylor rash challenge on Coleman saw him stretchered off the field, with Wales captain Ashley Williams showing his condolences for his Everton teammate.
Toffees manager Ronald Koeman has spoken on his injury ahead of this weekends huge fixture against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
“We are talking about an injury that will keep him out for six, seven months, something like that. It takes time for everybody to come to terms with something like this and, of course, that is felt most deeply by Seamus himself.”
Coleman is one of a few significant injuries which Koeman has to deal with going into the game, with Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy also sidelined and Morgan Schneiderlin struggling for fitness.
With notable and experienced replacements available in midfield and centre backs positions, both full back positions do lack depth and experience.
It looks as though Koeman will look towards Mason Holgate to make his 10th Premier League appearance for the Toffees.
The 20 year old, who signed from Barnsley last summer for £2m, has started 7 games, made 2 substitution appearances, and has made the bench in 20 games this season.
His last outing came as quick cameo role off the bench against Bournemouth on February 4th, and his last 90 minute match occurred over two months ago against Crystal Palace.
Holgate will want to join the group of successful youth prospects which Koeman’s has continued to give chances to, including players such as Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman.
The game against Liverpool this weekend will certainly be one of Holgate’s biggest games in his career so far and a massive opportunity to make a name for himself from now until the end of the season.
He is going to be tested against the likes of Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino at the weekend who, after being on international duty, were flown back to England on a private jet to get back with Liverpool team as soon as possible.
A run of games at right back for Holgate will give an indication as to where his current ability lies and whether he has the potential to improve and develop into the player Everton hoped for.
If he impresses enough, he should be in good contention to fight for a first team place next season, with Koeman is very likely to be looking to bring in new full back/s at the club.