Everton winger Andros Townsend suffered a serious knee injury in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat by Crystal Palace that could have ended his career at Goodison Park.
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Andros Townsends The season ended after scans revealed a major tear in his anterior cruciate ligament.
And the unfortunate striker faces the prospect of his everton His career is effectively over as he struggles to come back from a career-threatening injury that is taking an average of nine to 12 months to recover. Townsend’s contract expires next summer, meaning that even if he does return from the crippling injury sooner than expected, there wouldn’t be much left of next season to return to First League match fitness.
It’s a hard blow for the likeable winger, who found instant success at Goodison after joining on a free transfer last summer. His pace of work and dedication are loved by Everton fans and he put the visiting fans behind him at the Palace last weekend, where he picked up the injury.
Townsend was barely used by new boss Frank Lampard but was on the pitch in the 12 minutes FA Cup Tie, his energy lifted the Blues and they outplayed their opponents in the early minutes. But following his injury, Everton collapsed with a 4-0 defeat, leading to Lampard afterwards chasing his players for “lacking the bums” for the fight.
The winger was a regular at the start of the season but since Lampard’s arrival he has only made one start in the Premier League and has received just three starts overall, two of which came in the FA Cup against Palace and Boreham Wood.
It means he faces a battle for an Everton future, although the former Englishman has shown courage in resisting adversity in the past. A statement from the club revealed the extent of the injury and said he will undergo surgery next week before beginning his rehab with the Blues’ medical staff at the Finch Farm training facility. The statement added: “Everyone at Everton wishes Andros well in his recovery.”
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Lampard spoke to Palace about the blow of losing Townsend mid-game after Everton’s defeat. He said: “I’m devastated for him. He started the game well, we started well as a team. Our game was spot on and they didn’t get out of their half. We had chances and Andros was a part of that. ” It was a setback to lose a player after a good start but we shouldn’t have ended up the way we did.”
Everton are back in action on Sunday April 4th west ham before a trip to Burnley Three days later, Lampard was desperate for the Toffees to come through a sticky spot. He added: “We have to put our heads down and fight. That’s what the fans want to see. I will fight to the end – not just in these 11 games, but for the future to keep getting better.”
“We didn’t have much time [to train consistently]so there will be something positive that we don’t have a game where we can keep working on defense and how we attack convincingly – and not just attack for the sake of it, we want to attack to go and score. “
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/andros-townsend-everton-injury-career-26539327 Andros Townsend faces Everton heartbreak as extent of injury revealed