Toffees star to linger on the sidelines until February.
Everton have been rocked by the news that goalkeeper Tim Howard will be out of action for up to six weeks with a calf injury, the BBC reports.
The 35-year-old had to be replaced at halftime during the 1-0 Boxing Day defeat to Stoke City and he was absent for the following defeat to Newcastle two days later.
His absence will now be filled by Spanish goalkeeper Joel Robles, who took over from the American international during the previous two fixtures.
The 24-year-old followed manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan, and took over from Ali Al-Habsi during their final season at the DW Stadium.
Everton are currently 12th in the Premier League, five points above the relegation places with only one victory from their last seven league matches.
Martinez also confirmed that midfielder James McCarthy will face a late fitness test ahead of the side’s New Year’s Day clash with Hull.
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