Mikel Arteta has suffered another setback in his recovery from a cruciate-ligament injury that may sideline the influential Everton playmaker until the new year.
The Spanish midfielder has been out since rupturing the cruciate at Newcastle United in February but there are fears he may need a second minor operation, and his third on the problem in total, with the knee still causing discomfort.
Everton's manager David Moyes, missing several senior players since last season, initially hoped to have Arteta available again in September. That target was postponed for two months when the midfielder underwent surgery shortly after his return to training, but a November comeback now appears unlikely with Arteta still troubled by the problem when he reported back to Finch Farm at the weekend.
The club have yet to decide whether the 27-year-old requires further surgery but it has not been discounted — it would likely delay his return for a further two months. The dilemma represents a major setback for Moyes, whose absentee list has reached double figures this season.
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