Jordan Pickford was ruled out until after the international break with an injury sustained due to his own kicking.
The goalkeeper suffered a thigh injury during Everton’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool last weekend. According to club doctors, the injury may have been strangely self-inflicted.
Pickford managed to keep a clean sheet and kept up his stellar play throughout the scoreless draw, but she will now be unable to participate in any football that is played until after the break.
Since all English football was suspended this weekend and is expected to be suspended again next weekend due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, few English teams will play before the upcoming international break.
Pickford is forced to sit out a promising stretch of play and will likely miss the final England camp before the World Cup begins in November.
However, according to The Sun, club doctors are concerned that the 28-year-old’s powerful kicking abilities may have contributed to the thigh injury.
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With the force he can generate behind his goal kicks, the England international has earned a reputation for his impressive distribution, particularly over a long distance.
Gareth Southgate has chosen him over other goalkeepers due to his strong distribution and the fact that he has already contributed an assist against Nottingham Forest this season.