Everton midfielder to miss rest of season through injury after Carlo Ancelotti promotion
Everton midfielder Isaac Price is expected to miss the final weeks of the campaign with a stress fracture of the hip.
Price was promoted to the first-team bench by Carlo Ancelotti for draws against Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur last month and is understood to have caught the eye of the Everton manager.
Professional development coach Leighton Baines is also believed to have helped Price in his progress on-and-off the field while moving from under-18s to senior squad in the space of several weeks.
Everton under-23 team-mate Sebastien Quirk also confirmed on social media he underwent surgery last week as injury misfortune at academy level continued.
Fellow midfielders Einar Iversen and Tyler Onyango have joined Quirk in requiring surgery in recent weeks while Price will keep Ryan Astley company in the treatment room until the end of the campaign.
Katia Kouyate is also set to miss the final weeks of the campaign after hamstring surgery in April.
Everton are keen to continue their progress at u-23 level next term with the average age of the squad being lowered by almost two years at times during the current campaign.
Price, Thierry Small, Charlie Whitaker, Reece Welch, Lewis Warrington, Matthew Mallon, Tom Cannon, Zan-Luk Leban, Daniel Lowey, Jack Barrett, Rafael Garcia, Sebastien Kristensen, Jenson Metcalfe and Roman Quintyne have all been called up to the u-23s this term.