Everton confirm £10.8m striker is an ‘absentee’ ahead of Aston Villa clash

Everton have confirmed that Cenk Tosun remains an ‘absentee’ ahead of Thursday’s meeting with Aston Villa. The 29-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while on loan at Crystal Palace in March and isn’t expected to return until next season. In Tosun’s absence, Carlo Ancelotti has Dominic Calvet-Lewin, Richarlison and Moise Kean at his disposal.

Tosun has made eight appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one goal with three assists. The Turkish international fell down the pecking order in 2019 and has an uncertain future this summer. He’s amassed only 328 minutes of playing time in 2019/20 and was loaned out to Palace to get first-team football.

The £10.8m-rated striker picked up an injury only weeks into his stint at Selhurst Park and is now working to get fit for the next campaign. Tosun has recently been linked with a move to Fenerbahce, but it remains to be seen if he’ll go. The 29-year-old has two years remaining on his deal and wants to fight for his place at Everton, but it’s hard to see Ancelotti giving him a reprieve.

The Blues are short of attackers and are on the hunt for an addition to the strikeforce next season, so Tosun risks being pushed further down the manager’s estimates.

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