Soccer – Toffees hit by Sigurdsson blow

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to miss the rest of Everton's season because of a knee injury, but he should return in time for Iceland's 2018 World Cup campaign. The 28-year-old, who joined the Toffees in a £45million switch from Premier League rivals Swansea City last summer and has scored just six goals in 33 appearances this term, suffered the injury during last Saturday's 2-0 win against Brighton at Goodison Park. No exact detail of the injury has been forthcoming but it seems that Sigurdsson will be absent for between six and eight weeks which means it is unlikely that he will feature for the Merseysiders again this season, starting with Saturday's trip to struggling Stoke with Everton 2/1 with bet365 to win. Everton boss Sam Allardyce said: "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." The news is a boost for Iceland as Sigurdsson should return by mid-May which means he will be able to feature in their World Cup matches providing he suffers no setbacks.

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