The midfielder had to be withdrawn from the friendly against Manchester United at Old Trafford with a knee injury just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Scans have revealed serious damage to the cruciate knee ligament and he will likely be ruled out until February next year at the earliest.
It's another setback for the combative Bosnia-Herzegovina international whose two-year career at Goodison Park has been dogged by hamstring complaints.
Besic was keyed up for the new season and eager to impress new manager Ronald Koeman after scoring in the warm-up match at MK Dons last month. "I spoke with Muhamed," his father Meho told sportske.ba. "He was disappointed and just crushed because of the injury.
"He had good began preparations, but unfortunately no luck. I believe it will recover soon, God willing."
Besic himself tweeted that he was devastated by the news and manager Ronald Koeman echoed the player disappointment in an interview with evertontv.
"Yeah, it's very bad news," Koeman said. "It's his knee, his [cruciate], and that's really very disappointing, first of all for the boy himself because knee surgery [means] at least six months and the boy was doing very well.
"He was really committed to fight for his place on the team. On the other hand, he is a positive boy and he's still young. It's a step backwards that you don't want for any football player. I told him, he will get all the support from the manager."
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1 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:10:41
2 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:11:47
3 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:11:47
4 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:23:09
5 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:23:13
6 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:23:59
7 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:41:03
Love his style and passion. Just wish he would get a decent run without injuries.
All action and looks for a forward pass.
Hope so see you back soon Mo and that all isn't as bad as first seems!
8 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:48:50
9 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:50:54
10 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:55:49
11 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:56:35
12 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:08:54
You'd think with all the sport-science these days that injuries were less common. All I can think is that their bodies are being pushed too far these days.
13 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:09:24
14 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:20:07
15 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:25:31
16 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:28:49
17 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:30:14
18 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:44:46
Seems he can't play like he wants to without breaking.
19 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:45:18
20 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:54:16
21 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:56:05
Time to face the facts that he won't be able to get fit and shift him on home to Bosnia, sadly. Years of Development lost through all his injuries, which is a shame as he looked promising at one point.
22 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:05:09
23 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:08:14
25 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:23:56
The only one last season who looked like he wanted to play and did so.
I've said it many times on here but we failed to get to the final of the final of the Carling Cup the second he went off at Swansea.
He was immense in that first leg.
A lot of the injuries last season, I feel, were down to lack of fitness. Mostly hammys going. Only one place to point the finger there!
26 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:42:38
As I recall from watching the game it was an innocuous challenge, not a foul at all, and anyone who knows anything about football knows that you're more likely to get injured going in for a challenge halfheartedly rather than with your full impetus and weight behind it. Having said that it didn't turn out that way for Besic.
For the club it means we're back to square one with outfield incomings as we've simply replaced one defensive midfielder with another!
When will things look up for us?
27 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:45:19
Bit part player sadly.
28 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:50:43
29 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:54:19
I really like Besic ever since researching him when we were first connected. He has shown some great signs (the Man City s/final 1st leg at Goodison which I was fortunate enough to get to along springs to mind). Sure, he has had some pretty lacklustre showings and made errors like all sportsmen, but if he can get and stay fit he could be a rock for Everton.
30 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:03:40
The silver lining, if that's not being too insensitive towards the Bosnian, for us and the club may be that Davies may get more game time than had been anticipated in the upcoming season, and whilst it's very early days in his fledgling career he is a player that does excite me and one who could play a prominent role in Everton FC's fortunes in the months and years to come.
31 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:04:04
Knowing his attitude he will be back before 6 months.
Good luck with the rehabiliation Mo.
32 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:08:10
He needs to be stronger, but Barkley has bulked up a fair amount, and I think it's impeded him. He has lost a bit of his pace and nimbleness.
We need a Terrier as well as a Bulldog in the team, the little nippy, yappy dogs have a bite as well...
33 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:08:57
A clean break is needed for both player and club I think. I can't see him being anything more than a bit-part player, which is a shame, as I thought the lad was going to be a really top player for us. I can't see that happening now. Shame.
34 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:26:27
Hope he comes back properly to us, though not holding my breath.
35 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:27:41
However, it seems more likely that Idrisa Gueye will fill the gap left by Mo's unfortunate long term absence as he is seen as much more of a defensive midfielder than the youngster.
Indeed, in snapping up the Villa man, RK seems to have demonstrated evidence of clairvoyance. What a rare gift in a manager !
36 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:33:48
37 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:35:27
Although it was only a friendly, he was probably over-eager to impress The Boss. Hope he comes back stronger.
38 Posted 05/08/2016 at 11:06:43
One of the few players last year to have any fight, spirit or heart.
39 Posted 05/08/2016 at 11:43:32
Often happens to passionate players who throw themselves around though
Good luck Mo. Get back soon
40 Posted 05/08/2016 at 11:58:27
41 Posted 05/08/2016 at 11:59:58
42 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:17:47
I think he will be a big player for us when he gets fit.
Last season was a farce, the whole squad looked unfit, what with Berkley lending Kevin Campbell's arse and Deulofeu looking like he had a 60 a day habbit after less than 10 minutes running up the line.
Everyones hammys last season seemed to be made of tissue.
How many times under Moyes did Coleman's hammy go? or Jags? or Baines? or Dizzys? See what I am getting at?
The man was too concerned about getting the players passing pretty then getting them fit, that's why we conceded so many late goals and had a load of hamstring injuries.
He had the driver, the passion and most of the skill required to go far, he just needs to get fit and have a tiny bit of luck, methinks
43 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:22:43
I am still hopeful he will have an excellent career at Goodison and have not written him off just yet.
Tom Davies, Barry, McCarthy, Gibson, Gueye provide sufficient cover as others have said. Given Gibson's injury record and Davies' youth, Barry, McCarthy and Gueye would now be the ones I expect to see featuring the most during Mo's injury.
44 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:23:46
As for the squad, CDM is the one area where we're overloaded but it may now mean we don't get rid of anyone this window. Shame for Mo but no real loss for the squad imo.
45 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:29:39
He gained kudos for bouncing around the place and occasional hard man act as our abysmally organised side was so easy to play against in the last 2 seasons. Note that despite the number of bodies that can play holding in our squad Koeman has signed a pressing holding player. Says it all.
He's a decent passer, but nothing special on that score. Doesn't exactly read the game great. Lacks mobility. He's full of youthful enthusiasm. Bang average, squad man written all over him.
Our midfield is rubbish and needs sorting big time.
46 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:33:42
His very first touch in an Everton shirt in a pre-season friendly was a 'wow' moment. A neat drag back and lay off that instantly turned the game from defence to attack.
Then his first touch as a sub in the PL was a foolish and failed back flicked pass that totally exposed the defence and resulted in a Chelsea goal that finally killed off any resistance in that crazy 6-3 emotional roller coaster.
There have been games in which he looks to be exactly the kind of player this team needs - a bolshy, in yer face type with the skill and ability to back it up, like the cup semi at GP with City. There are other games when he has been totally inept, as in the league game with the Arse last season when his performance was as woeful as anything I've ever seen from an Everton midfielder.
For such a combative player, he is very easily injured from seemingly innocuous situations and laid up for long periods.
Taken as a whole, I think the adulation and belief in his abilities by some is overstated. I would love him to come good and realise the tantalising talent he shows (all too rarely),
The evidence to date suggests it just ain't gonna happen for the boy.
47 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:35:03
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49 Posted 05/08/2016 at 15:48:01
50 Posted 05/08/2016 at 15:54:55
Meanwhile, another day and week goes by with precious little progress on the transfer front. Yes we've added Idrissa, but more reinforcements are urgently required, regardless of any sales!
A bid of £10m for Williams was knocked back on Tuesday. It's now Friday ffs! If we want him and are prepared to pay more for him, why has an increased offer not yet (seemingly) been submitted? I just hate the way working days drift by with no tangible activity, or at least no tangible activity to distract me from my day job!
51 Posted 05/08/2016 at 15:58:34
Unfortunately there is a very long list of players that although very skillful, probably don't possess the physical attributes to consistently remain at the top of the game.
Darren Gibson, Muhamed Besic, Andy Carroll, Dean Ashton, Duncan Ferguson, Michael Owen, Owen Hargreaves, Ledley King, Darren Anderton, Jack Wilshire, Ox Chamberlain, Jonathan Woodgate, Wes Brown, Jack Rodwell.
To name just a few.
52 Posted 05/08/2016 at 16:06:36
And I'm only laying out my transfer preferences on this page because there isn't a better one :)
Total in: £125
Ashley Williams: £13m
Wilfred Bony: £24m
Javier Hernandez: £25m
Islam Slimani: £24m
Andrey Yarmolenko: £25m
Timo Horn: £10m
Julian Draxler: £60m
Total Out: £181m
53 Posted 05/08/2016 at 16:12:22
Yarmolenko - no thanks.
Draxler - not worth that kind of money. You could get Hamsik for less than that.
Wouldn't have a problem with the rest.
54 Posted 05/08/2016 at 16:13:08
The lad has just had a devastating injury and instead of wishing the lad a speedy recovery some people are knocking the lad and questioning his suitability.
Come on you are better than that.
Get well soon Mo.
55 Posted 05/08/2016 at 16:24:43
The first one was, "who the fuck is going to pay us £1m for Kone?"
Second one was, could we pay someone £1m to take him and Niasse off our hands?
56 Posted 05/08/2016 at 17:35:56
Before you have a go, the only reason for the high level of injuries was because of the ignorant twat that pretended to be a manager, this problem will be reduced because Ron and his team actually know what they are doing.
Once players reach full fitness, acheived in the correct manner, there will be a number of players that will come good again.
57 Posted 05/08/2016 at 17:48:12
This news further increases the possibility that James McCarthy will make our starting eleven which for me is not good! Not happy.
Jay Harris (54) spot on mate.
Wish you a speedy recovery Mo.
58 Posted 05/08/2016 at 17:54:09
59 Posted 05/08/2016 at 17:56:54
60 Posted 05/08/2016 at 19:28:06
He does manage to get injured in all sorts of ways though, what with him and Gibson in the squad, are they a luxury we can afford.
Remember last year, every injury that occurred was Martinez fault because the players where so called not fit.
It was a load of cobblers, players get injured very easily nowadays, don't ask me why, it just seems so towards 30-40 years ago, and that was playing with a heavy leather ball, ankle deep in mud.
Maybe their over trained now!
61 Posted 05/08/2016 at 21:04:39
62 Posted 05/08/2016 at 21:15:29
63 Posted 05/08/2016 at 21:37:33
64 Posted 06/08/2016 at 03:50:16
65 Posted 06/08/2016 at 05:51:37
Besic is a great player, but it looks like another Gibson. Need to wrap him up in cotton wool until he gets at least six months of playing time.
66 Posted 06/08/2016 at 06:00:26
67 Posted 06/08/2016 at 08:23:54
If he can get over his physical weaknesses he could be a fine player, he still has time, but it must be a worry.
68 Posted 06/08/2016 at 13:00:46
69 Posted 07/08/2016 at 13:45:42
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