Everton defender Michael Keane will be out for up to four weeks after suffering a small hairline fracture of the skull in their 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, the club have confirmed.
The 25-year-old suffered the injury in a clash of heads with teammate Idrissa Gueye.
He was kept overnight at Poole Hospital accompanied by club doctor Aboul Shaheir, before being released this morning.
Michael Keane celebrates scoring Everton’s second at Bournemouth. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
“Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes and support,” Keane told the Everton website. “I’m okay but suffered a small hairline fracture of the skull which will heal itself and means I won’t be able to have any head contact for three to four weeks.
“I will be back with my team and back on the pitch as soon as I can after that.
“I also want to say a huge thank you to the medical staff at Everton and Bournemouth as well as all those at Poole Hospital for their excellent treatment and care.”