Sam Allardyce has promised to give “a b*****king” to the individual responsible for releasing news of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s lay-off.
Reports emerged on Wednesday that Sigurdsson would be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a knee injury he sustained in the 2-0 win over Brighton.
The claims came from Iceland, with the country fearful over the fitness of their star player as they prepare for a maiden World Cup campaign in the summer.
Everton then released a statement on their website confirming the story.
“Following consultation with a specialist, it is anticipated that Gylfi Sigurdsson’s knee injury, sustained in Saturday’s Premier League win over Brighton, will keep him sidelined for between six and eight weeks,” it read.
But Allardyce rubbished the speculation on Thursday.
“Whoever put out the statement saying eight weeks is getting a b****king,” Allardyce said.
“I’ve always felt it’s wrong to tag an injury with time limits. You want to avoid setbacks. If you can get it before then you’ve done well.
“We’ll look at it in the next two weeks. There’s a settling down period and then how quickly the player recovers.
“Gylfi is motivated to return for us and Iceland at the World Cup.”