Want-away midfielder Ross Barkley has undergone groin surgery on Wednesday which has prevented him from travelling with the Everton squad to Tanzania and Holland, the club has confirmed.
The future of Barkley has been of much debate and discussion following his refusal to sign a new contract with his boyhood club, but it remains to be seen whether his latest injury woes will put off any potential suitors.
The Toffees revealed the surgery on the 23-year-old was a success and he is expected to be able to return to first-team action in approximately four weeks - bar any complications during his rehabilitation.
Whether his return will be Everton is of much conjecture as Barkley is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Toffees, but has told the club he wants to leave this summer - with Tottenham reportedly keen on signing the midfielder.
23-year-old Barkley has racked up close to 200 appearances for the Toffees since making his full debut for the club as a 17-year-old in 2011.
The club also revealed defender Ramiro Funes Mori has had further complications with his knee and has gone under the knife again in Barcelona - extending his rehabilitation to a minimum of six to nine months.