Arteta loss piles on Everton agony
The Everton manager David Moyes’ attempt to close in on the top five in the Premier League suffered another blow yesterday when the midfielder Mikel Arteta was ruled out for the rest of the season. The Spaniard ruptured the cruciate ligament in his right knee in the goalless draw at Newcastle on Sunday and will be out for several months.
Arteta, who will undergo surgery in Barcelona next week, is Everton’s main creative outlet and his absence, the latest in a string of injuries, puts more strain on the squad. Moyes harbours hopes of catching Arsenal, currently one place above Everton in fifth, but with Arteta out and the striker Louis Saha and midfielder Marouane Fellaini not fully fit the manager has some patching up to do if he is to achieve that.
He will be hoping Victor Anichebe will not be sidelined for long, if at all, after he was on the receiving end of a horror tackle from Kevin Nolan . The Newcastle midfielder was sent off for the challenge, which the 20-year-old thought had broken his leg.
“I’ve never felt as much pain in my life. I thought I’d broken my leg,” he said. “I couldn’t even look down, to be fair. It was a terrible tackle but I don’t think he really meant it, he came and said sorry. But what can you do?
“I felt so much pain. Now it’s not too bad. It’s not as bad as I first thought any way, but I’m feeling a bit of pain in my knee and the back of my calf and down my shin so we’ll see how it is.”
The Nigeria striker added: “I’ve always thought to myself I’ll never get injured for a long period of time. When it happened I thought, ‘That’s me, that’s my time.’ But luckily I’ve got strong legs – if that was anyone else, their leg would have snapped in two. Hopefully, everything is all right.”
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