Goodison Park star undergoes ankle operation to add to casualty list.
Everton striker Louis Saha is out for the rest of the season following surgery on his ankle.
The 32-year-old damaged the area during the victory over Fulham at Goodison Park before the international break.
The France international operation was a success but will miss the remaining eight games of the season.
This injury has added to the list of fitness problems Saha has encountered since moving to Everton from Manchester United in 2008.
The news is a major blow for manager David Moyes who already has Mikel Arteta (hamstring) and Marouane Fellaini (ankle) on the long-term casualty list.
There is also doubts over Tim Cahill, Seamus Coleman and Jack Rodwell with all three players missing international commitments over the last 10 days.
“We have got a lot of injuries. Louis has had an operation this week which will probably rule him out for the season,” Moyes said.
“It is football isnt’ it. You pick up injuries and we try not to talk too much about them but we have a spate of them at this present time.
“Mikel has been away in Spain for a few weeks, recuperating and recovering from his hamstring problem. He is due back over the weekend and we will see how he is.”